Holiday Sky Treat: Spot the Shuttle and Space Station

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  1. Dark Knight

    Dark Knight New Member

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    The space shuttle Atlantis and the International Space Station are separately flying around the Earth until Friday, and they can be seen as a pair of bright lights in the sky at certain times over the next few days.


    Weather permitting, the orbiting objects should be visible to the naked eye throughout the United States and Canada, according to SpaceWeather.com. It's a special opportunity to see the two largest man-made objects in the sky at once.
    Atlantis undocked from the space station early Wednesday, ending a week-long stay to supply the outpost with spare parts. The shuttle is scheduled to land at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Friday morning at 9:44 a.m. EST (1444 GMT).


    Several sites can tell you when the two spacecraft are visible from your location between now and landing day:



    http://news.yahoo.com/s/space/20091125/sc_space/holidayskytreatspottheshuttleandspacestation
     
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  3. Elphaba

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    Nice to see someone else followed/following transits, DK! :) (I've used the links to try to image the space station with and without the shuttle while they were in transit over our area over the years, with one of my telescopes and astrophotography camera... closest I ever got was fuzzy blurs of ISS without the shuttle attached LoL)
     

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