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    Default ISS Sighting Tonight



    I signed up for Nasa's service where they email or text you when the space station can be sighted from your location. Got my first email today. Went outside tonight and sure enough, at 7:39 pm, I looked to the North West and here it came! Watched it fly over for about 3 minutes and it went toward the South West. Very cool! It was much brighter than I expected.
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    I didn't know you could get alerts but now I do, thanks! What does it look like anyway? Is it like a really bright dot moving across the sky?

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    Default Re: ISS Sighting Tonight

    Quote Originally Posted by JPMoney View Post
    I didn't know you could get alerts but now I do, thanks! What does it look like anyway? Is it like a really bright dot moving across the sky?
    Yep, bright dot with a yellowish tint to it. Very bright! No problem seeing with naked eyes, as a matter of fact after watching with binos for a few seconds I put them down and just looked with bare eyes.
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    Default Re: ISS Sighting Tonight

    It is very bright and is noted at about mag 1. Is an easy visual object moving reasonably quickly. You will find it right on time and exactly in the direction noted. As it moves away, it just gradually fades from sight. Saw it again tonight as well. Never get tired of the sight.
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    I signed up last night and got an alert email this morning! It'll be over head tonight at 6:16 pm, I'll let you know if I see anything.

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    Default Re: ISS Sighting Tonight

    Lately my ISS alerts have been great for letting me know where the clouds are going to be.
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    Default Re: ISS Sighting Tonight

    I signed up several months ago....but with our usual cloudy Winter, have yet to have had a chance to actually see it... It's really neat to get the alerts.. can't wait for some clear weather, this Summer... This is one I will try to drag the whole family out to see....haha

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    Default Re: ISS Sighting Tonight

    If you download the NASA app, it will tell you future viewings (when available). Other websites will do this as well. The NASA site used to but I don't know why they stopped.
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    I tried to track it with my celestron 8se and Skywire but it moves so quickly by the time my telescope got there it had moved. I briefly caught it in my 32 mm eyepiece but it was still just a bright light at that magnification so watching it with your naked eye is just as good. There is a posting on you tube through an observatory size telescope, worth a look.
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    Email alerts are handy. It appears just like they say it will. No way to miss the dang thing. I was shocked how bright it was the first time I observed it. I still cant decide how I missed it all these years.
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