Lunar Eclipse and ISS

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By Chuck McPartlin

The constellations of Autumn, along with Saturn and Jupiter, are setting earlier, but it's getting dark earlier, too. Venus continues to dazzle low in the SW as it races towards us in its orbit. The Andromeda Galaxy is well-placed nearly overhead, and the bright Winter constellations are rising to prominence.

On Wednesday evening, November 10, the nearly FQ Moon will lie between Saturn and Jupiter in the S. On Thursday, look for the Lunar X formed by newly illuminated crater rims along the terminator between about 2:15 PM PST and 4:50 PM PST.

The Moon will undergo a deep penumbral eclipse starting nearly overhead in Taurus, near the Pleiades, at 11:18 PM PST on November 18. Deepest eclipse, with 97% of the Moon in the Earth's umbra, will be at 01:03 AM PST November 19. A tiny sliver at the lunar southern pole will remain in the brighter penumbra. The umbra will exit the Moon at 02:47 AM PST.

The International Space Station will be making some nice visible evening passes between November 15 and November 24. Its orbit may change from time to time, so to get the latest and most complete predictions, visit Heavens Above.

On Monday, November 15, the station will make a low pass starting in the S at 6:22 PM PST, and enter the Earth's shadow after passing below lonely Fomalhaut in the SSE at 6:23 PM.

Tuesday's first pass will skim very low over our ocean horizon, starting at 5:34 PM in the SSE, and entering our shadow at 5:37 PM in the ESE, below the waxing gibbous Moon. It will pop up again briefly in the WSW at 7:09 PM, vanishing at 7:10 PM in Scutum.

The brightest pass of this sequence will commence on Wednesday at 6:20 PM in the SW, going by brilliant Venus, between the Summer Triangle and Pegasus, and fading away high overhead near the Andromeda Galaxy in the ENE at 6:24 PM.

On Thursday, the ISS will rise at 5:31 PM in the SSW, cruising below Venus, Saturn, and Jupiter, then above the Moon, and fade out in the ENE at 5:37 near the sparkling Pleiades. It will return for a short jaunt in the WNW at 7:09 PM, climbing into the Keystone of Hercules before disappearing.

Friday's pass will be a higher and longer repeat, starting at 6:19 PM in the W and continuing through the Keystone, across Draco and the bowl of the Little Dipper, and ending in the N below Polaris at 6:23 PM.

On Saturday, November 20, we'll get a bright pass rising at 5:30 PM in the WSW in Ophiuchus, going by bright Vega, between Cepheus and Draco, and setting near bright Capella low in the NE at 5:36 PM.

For Sunday, the space station will make a low pass along our mountains, starting at 6:19 PM in the WNW, and ending in the N at 6:22 PM.

Monday's pass will be higher and longer, appearing at 5:29 PM in the W, and disappearing at 5:34 PM in the NNE.

The last pop-up will be on Wednesday, very low in the NNW at 5:30 PM, lasting a minute.

The ISS will be back in our evening skies in early December.

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macpuzl Nov 23, 2021 09:20 PM
Lunar Eclipse and ISS

DART mission launch from Vandenberg in about an hour. Should be a nice view if you're out of the marine layer.

macpuzl Nov 19, 2021 12:04 AM
Lunar Eclipse and ISS

Eclipse well under way. Some thin cloud, but still very visible, at least if you're not under the marine layer along the immediate coast.

a-1637313186 Nov 19, 2021 01:13 AM
Lunar Eclipse and ISS

especially with binoculars! Back out to see if it's the length of time or the haze that prevents me from seeing the moon again tonight.

macpuzl Nov 14, 2021 09:15 PM
Lunar Eclipse and ISS

The ISS had to maneuver recently to dodge some space junk, so the times for the SB passes are now roughly 20 minutes later. Hit the Heavens Above site to get the updated values!

It was a piece of debris from the Chinese ASAT test in 2007.

macpuzl Nov 15, 2021 08:14 PM
Lunar Eclipse and ISS

There's a report today of a new ASAT test by Russia that caused the ISS to dodge debris, so the attribution to the Chinese test may be erroneous.

sbsunshine Nov 08, 2021 09:50 PM
Lunar Eclipse and ISS

Love this!!! We need more of these types of articles. Quality. It would be nice to see articles on the whale traffic. Condor Express Captain's posts on FB but it would be great to have them post here. This kind of info is uplifting and generative. Thanks.

Edhat Staff Nov 09, 2021 09:46 AM
Lunar Eclipse and ISS

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Gregoreo Nov 08, 2021 05:58 PM
Lunar Eclipse and ISS

Ah sweet eclipse coming! I always love those article headlines that pop up as they approach like “how to watch this weekends eclipse” when all you need to do is go outside, look at the part of the sky with the moon hahaha. They get paid by the word so they need plenty of filler.

FondofSB Nov 08, 2021 01:56 PM
Lunar Eclipse and ISS

Thanks Chuck !
Always looking forward to these fascinating news !

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