Sunday, June 01, 2008

spotted ISS; missed STS (Toronto)

Put my bicycle away and locked the garage. Then I hung out in the middle of the driveway, keeping an eye on Capella. I knew Pollux was about 20° up and Capella was about 10°.

I spotted a bright orange point moving eastward about ½° below the shimmering star. I watched the International Space Station rise up and slowly brighten, heading east, before losing it in the trees.

Did I see a bright flare at ENE? There were no Iridium's scheduled...

I then returned to my previous spot to pick up the Space Shuttle (STS-124). I thought it was a few minutes behind.

When I returned to the computer, I learned that it was only about 30 seconds behind! Oops. It must have emerged while the ISS was in Cassiopeia or Cepheus.

I'll try again at 11:39 PM...

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