Another "moment of lunacy"

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Another "moment of lunacy"

#1 Post by rwilkinson » Mon Apr 23, 2012 8:22 am

If we get clear skies just before 7pm on Wednesday (25-Apr), there's a chance of spotting the ISS in daylight, as it passes in front of the Moon.
The Space Station should be bright enough to see in daylight, so long as you know exactly where and when to look - so point your binoculars at the Moon at four minutes to seven and have a go. But be careful where you're pointing, since the Sun will still be above the horizon - it's best to stand somewhere where you're shaded from it.
And don't blink, as it will zip through your field of view in a couple of seconds!

If you're watching from the North side of Bury or Bolton, or to the South of Chorley, then you should see it transit across the unlit part of the lunar disk, but if you're North or South of this line it will appear below or above the Moon in the sky.
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Stellarium shows the path of the ISS from just North of the centre of Bolton.
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Re: Another "moment of lunacy"

#2 Post by bholmes » Mon Apr 23, 2012 6:09 pm

That's amazing Ross. You certainly are an wonderful source of information. I shall be in Barnsley on Wednesday, celebrating my grandaughter's 18th Birthday so I shall have to get my atlas out and triangulate Barnsley with Bury, Bolton and Chorley but I am sure the view will be even more spactacular from God's own County.

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#3 Post by bbones » Mon Apr 23, 2012 8:38 pm

Some more good tips Ross, I wil be just south of the Scottish boarder will have to check to see if it's visible up there

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Re: Another "moment of lunacy"

#4 Post by rwilkinson » Tue Apr 24, 2012 9:26 am

This is the predicted region of visibility for tomorrow evening's event:
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From any points on the blue line the ISS transits across the lunar equator, but outside the red lines it will "miss" the lunar disk entirely. This is just the local section of a "stripe" around the Earth's surface, so the event will also be visible from parts of West Yorkshire too (but not the Scottish Borders!)

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Re: Another "moment of lunacy"

#5 Post by DRatledge » Tue Apr 24, 2012 11:59 am

Gosh - I am on the centre-line!!!!!! Bet it rains though.

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#6 Post by bbones » Tue Apr 24, 2012 12:05 pm

i'm miles away :x
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