See the ISS in daylight?

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See the ISS in daylight?

Post by rwilkinson » Sun Aug 28, 2016 3:41 pm

According to the prediction program, there should be a transit of the Space Station in front of the Moon visible from Bolton tomorrow morning:
Predicted ground-track of ISS transit of the Moon on 29-Aug-2016
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The blue line shows the centre of the path (where the transit crosses the Moon's centre) and the two red lines are the limits of visibility of this event.

At this time (just before 11:15am) the thin crescent Moon will be high up in the South, whilst the Sun is still in the East. The ISS will be moving from E to W, and will take around a second to cross the Lunar disk. It may be possible to see it as it crosses the unlit portion, but I've never attempted such an observation.

But remember if you're using a telescope or binoculars, be careful not to point them anywhere near the Sun. It would be safest to find a position where you're in the shade, but can still see the Moon.

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