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Re: Atlantis sightings, pictures etc.etc thread
« Reply #80 on: 06/22/2007 02:01 am »
ISS and STS-117 passed over Coraopolis, PA at 9:44PM approx - gorgeous sight with nice clear skies for viewing. They were separated by quite a fair bit as per the other sightings, but did get to see 'em both... station was a good bit brighter of course. Both outshown the local air traffic several hundred miles below them!

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Re: Atlantis sightings, pictures etc.etc thread
« Reply #81 on: 06/22/2007 02:02 am »
Caught it as well over here in Virginia.  Absolutely beautiful - was out with my telescope looking at some stars and the planets with my dad, didn't check up on the ISS/Atlantis pass so we were very surprised to see it.  Very bright!
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Re: Atlantis sightings, pictures etc.etc thread
« Reply #82 on: 06/22/2007 02:38 am »
I'm actually hoping they land at Kennedy on the second attempt tomorrow.  According to NASA's Skywatch (http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/sightings/SSapplications/Post/JavaSSOP/JavaSSOP.html), if they come down on Orbit 219 to Kennedy, I'll be able to see a few seconds of the re-entry on the horizon.  If that happens, I promise to take video and post it.
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Re: Atlantis sightings, pictures etc.etc thread
« Reply #83 on: 06/22/2007 02:47 am »
My wife and I watched the pair fly over about an hour ago here in North Carolina.  Perfect viewing weather - warm and clear.  It was the second time I've seen a shuittle and the station fly by in formation - truely awesome.  Looking forward to closer and brighter passes by the station tomorrow night and Sunday night.  Best wishes to the Atlantis team for a smooth touchdown tomorrow!
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Re: Atlantis sightings, pictures etc.etc thread
« Reply #84 on: 06/22/2007 03:35 am »
Just saw them both over San Angelo.  Beautiful!
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Re: Atlantis sightings, pictures etc.etc thread
« Reply #85 on: 06/22/2007 03:53 am »
Wow!  There was a pass over Western New York at 9:40 PM.  Being the summer solstice and therefore the longest day of the year, it wasn't too dark out yet.  But, wow, was the ISS bright.  Heavens Above said -0.5, but I'd think it was even a little brighter.  Atlantis trailed behind it at maybe a magnitude of 1.5.

I had my camera out and on a tripod, but forgot to charge the batteries beforehand.
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Re: Atlantis sightings, pictures etc.etc thread
« Reply #86 on: 06/22/2007 03:57 am »
First shot tonite was much too low in the N, too much light and mountains.

Big, but short pass in about 45 minutes though.


Edit, good second pass, much further apart than last nite!

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Re: Atlantis sightings, pictures etc.etc thread
« Reply #87 on: 06/22/2007 04:02 am »
Saw them at 9:42.  Looked awesome with the shuttle following the station, though they appeared somewhat further apart than I thought they would.  Usually I can't see it so well from my house as its surrounded by trees, but they passed right through a gap so I could see them quite clearly.  First time I saw them separately in the same general inclination.

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RE: Atlantis sightings, pictures etc.etc thread
« Reply #88 on: 06/22/2007 05:14 am »
Beautiful pass over the san Francisco bay area this evening, right over the top (max elevation 77 degrees).  I estimate the ISS was leading Atlantis by about 45 degrees what a great cap to a successful mission!

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« Reply #89 on: 06/22/2007 07:05 am »
The San Francisco pass was amazing.  I saw them both from Golden Gate park tonight at 9:42ish. I can't believe how bright the station is. -0.9 according to heavens above.

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RE: Atlantis sightings, pictures etc.etc thread
« Reply #90 on: 06/22/2007 07:44 am »
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fauxpaw - 21/6/2007  10:14 PM

Beautiful pass over the san Francisco bay area this evening, right over the top (max elevation 77 degrees).  I estimate the ISS was leading Atlantis by about 45 degrees what a great cap to a successful mission!

I'll second that.  I'm in the East Bay and it was perfect, went by almost directly overhead.

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Re: Atlantis sightings, pictures etc.etc thread
« Reply #91 on: 06/22/2007 04:18 pm »
Do the new solar panels make it considerably brighter?

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Re: Atlantis sightings, pictures etc.etc thread
« Reply #92 on: 06/23/2007 03:37 am »
Not "considerably" but brighter.

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Re: Atlantis sightings, pictures etc.etc thread
« Reply #93 on: 06/23/2007 04:43 pm »
There are still the same number of panels reflecting light as there were after 115, and one more than after 116. So any change in brightness was really a dropoff after 116, and is now back up to post-115.

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« Reply #94 on: 06/23/2007 05:16 pm »
Last night I saw ISS fly overhead again, it got brighter than Jupiter when it got high.  (I could see Jupiter in the same visual field and ISS looked brighter to me).  I can't wait for STS-120....how's ISS going to look with three sets of solar panels instead of two like now?  And there's also Harmony, Kibo, and Columbus being added...I doubt they'll contribute as much as the solar panels, but still, they will make the station bigger.  And then there's STS-119 in the summer or fall of 2008, wouldn't that be when ISS attains its maximum brightness, with 4 solar panel sets?
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Re: Atlantis sightings, pictures etc.etc thread
« Reply #95 on: 06/23/2007 05:41 pm »
Ok, this is an Atlantis sighting thread. I would say it'd be best to have any further ISS sightings noted in the ISS section of this site.

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RE: Atlantis sightings, pictures etc.etc thread
« Reply #96 on: 06/24/2007 08:02 pm »
Id just like to say a big thank you to Chris  and all involved with this site, for the invaluable information on STS 117 it was a real help for planning for my trip to see Atlantis launch. Easily the best resource for keeping up with mission developments such as the March 15 Scrub.Thanks again Chris (hope this is the right thread for such a post!) The launch experience was truly awe inspiring and worth the time and expense in every way.I was lucky enough to view from the NASA causeway, amazing.

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Re: Atlantis sightings, pictures etc.etc thread
« Reply #97 on: 06/28/2007 04:20 am »
I'm not sure if anything but 'wow' describes this but:

http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap070628.html

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Re: Atlantis sightings, pictures etc.etc thread
« Reply #98 on: 06/28/2007 04:32 am »
Agreed. Wow!

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Not sure if this is correct thread for this... please move as appropriate.

Did anyone catch this picture of atlantis docked to ISS taken by a camera mounted to a telescope? quite cool imo. I found the original link to this picture on Nasawatch.com.

http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap070628.html
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