International Space Station for August

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Source: Chuck McPartlin, ISS

The International Space Station is back for some early August Santa Barbara appearances. To get the latest predictions, visit Heavens Above.

On Monday, August 7, the ISS will rise in the NNW at 9:54 PM, and pass low over our mountain horizon to disappear in the NNE at 9:56 PM, entering Earth’s shadow just as it reaches the bent W of Cassiopeia.

The first pass on Tuesday will rise in the N at 9:02 PM, and cruise low across the mountains to set in the ENE at 9:05 PM. It will pop up briefly again at 10:37 PM in the NW, vanishing at 10:38 PM after a short climb.

On Wednesday we will get a bright pass that begins at 9:45 PM in the NW, passes the bowl of the Big Dipper and crosses the handle of the Little Dipper to fade away just above the North Star, Polaris, at 9:47 PM. Notice that Polaris isn’t all that bright, but it shows you true North, and its altitude gives you your latitude.

Thursday will have a bright pass rising at 8:53 PM in the NNW, and vanishing in the ENE at 8:57 PM, just as it reaches the chest of Pegasus. It will pop up again at 10:29 PM in the WNW, and disappear at 10:30 PM in the W, just below the bright orange star Arcturus.

On Friday, August 11, the ISS will rise at 9:37 PM in the WNW, sail brightly past Arcturus, and fade away in the WSW as it reaches Serpens Caput at 9:40 PM.

The best and brightest pass of this series will coincide with the monthly Star Party at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, rising at 8:44 PM in the NW, going by the bowl of the Big Dipper, along the length of Draco, across the Summer Triangle, and disappearing in the ESE at 8:49 PM, just above the dim triangle of Capricornus, the Big Bikini Bottom of autumn.

Sunday’s pass will rise at 9:29 PM in the W, pass low above Jupiter, and fade away in the head of Scorpius in the SW at 9:32 PM.

The station will rise in the WNW at 8:36 PM on Monday, and pass higher, between Scorpius and Saturn, to disappear in the SSE in Sagittarius at 8:42 PM.

No pass will be visible on Tuesday, and the final pass of this series will happen on Wednesday, August 16, appearing at 8:28 PM in the W, cruising low through Leo, below Jupiter and Spica, and setting beneath the stinger of Scorpius in the S at 8:32 PM.

Hasta nebula!

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macpuzl Aug 08, 2017 03:48 PM
International Space Station for August

Chinese - My pleasure. Faker - It's hard to find much fact in your post. Suffice to say that the Sun and Moon have apparent motions independent of the rotation of the Earth, caused by the orbital motion of the Earth and the Moon. Also, the Sun is not at an infinite distance, so it has an angular size in the sky, casting both a deep shadow (the umbra, where totality occurs), and a much larger penumbra (where the eclipse is partial). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umbra,_penumbra_and_antumbra#/media/File:Diagram_of_umbra,_penumbra_%26_antumbra.png However, you've proven to be quite clue-resistant on many subjects, so I don't expect you to change now.

yourfakereality Aug 08, 2017 02:40 PM
International Space Station for August

I'm surprised at the apparent lack of interest in the predicted total eclipse this month - maybe it's because people keep asking how the Moon's shadow is able to traverse the country from west to east during an eclipse, when the Earth "rotates" to the east, & the Sun & moon both appear to cross our sky from east to west. Someone wrote in to CNN asking about it, and the network's response is hilarious, because there is NO plausible explanation that is in any way compatible with the official cosmology presented by NASA & the "scientific" establishment. But even if someone does cobble together some mumbo jumbo excuse for the wrong-way travel of our Moon's shadow, there's an even bigger problem that can't be explained away: the shadow is less than 100 miles across (it's hard to pin down an exact number, & please don't try to confuse this distance with the path of the shadow, which may be 10,000 miles or more in length). Why is this a problem? Well, "experts" on the topic of 'outer space' can blow smoke up your hind end & obfuscate with all sorts esoterica such as "orbital mechanics", but one irrefutable fact that can NOT be changed is the size of the shadow cast by a physical object: it can NEVER be smaller thabn the object casting it. EVER! from https://sites.google.com/a/bxscience.edu/optics-photonics101/topics/light-and-shadow" "The distance the light source is from the object will affect the size of the shadow produced. The closer the object is to a point light source, the bigger the shadow of the object will be. This is mainly because all light rays travel in straight lines. Since the light is coming from a single point, the light rays will spread radially outward which means that the light rays that will reach the screen behind the object will be tangent to the objects perimeter. The size of the shadow produced will be proportionally larger than the size of the object as shown in the first diagram of the image below. The size of the shadow, based on the diagram below, will never be smaller than the size of the object. However, the size of the shadow can only approach the size of the object, only when the light source is at an infinite or far distance away. The size of the shadow will never be the same size either unless the light rays from the source are parallel." There's absolutely no way that the Moon can be more than 200,000 miles from the Earth, and more than 2,000 miles in diameter, and cast a shadow less than 100 miles across. None! It just isn't possible! (Now watch all the NASA fans completely ignore the facts & pretend I'm a tinfoil criminal for telling the truth.)

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