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ISS and Company
updated: Oct 06, 2013, 7:08 PM
Source: Chuck McPartlin
The ISS will be making some nice evening appearances for Santa Barbara
this week, with cameo appearances by the Moon, Venus, and an Iridium
satellite. Of course, a good view will depend on clear weather.
At sunset on Monday, October 7, a tiny crescent Moon will be just to the
right of brilliant Venus, low in the SW.
Also on Monday, the ISS will rise in the SW at 7:47 PM, and pass
to the ENE, where it will disappear into the Earth's shadow at 7:54 PM
while still 32 degrees up from the horizon. This is the brightest ISS
pass of this series. If you know your constellations, it will be passing
through Scorpius, Aquila, Pegasus, and Andromeda. It's best viewed facing
our southern (ocean) horizon.
A few minutes after the ISS vanishes, there will be a very bright Iridium
flare, at 8:09 PM, in the water jar asterism of Aquarius at a 45 degree
altitude in the SE. The bright flare only lasts a couple of seconds, so
be punctual! Your fist at arm's length subtends about 10 degrees of arc,
for help in looking at the proper altitude.
At sunset on Tuesday, the crescent Moon will be to the left of Venus low
in the SW.
On Tuesday, between 6:59 and 7:05 PM, the ISS will be passing low across
the SSW to ENE, at about 30 degrees of altitude. Again, it is best viewed
facing our ocean horizon.
On Wednesday, the ISS will pass from the WSW to NNE about 30 degrees up
along our northern (mountain) horizon, between 7:48 and 7:53 PM.
On Thursday, the ISS will pass from WSW to NE fairly high in the sky
from 7 to 7:06 PM, best viewed facing our mountain horizon. It will pass
from Libra through Hercules, Draco, and Cepheus, and into Perseus.
Hasta nebula - Chuck
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