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ISS (Intn'l Spacestation) Sightings over the Virgin Islands

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swans
September 03, 2011 08:54AM

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Good day,

ISS will be visible once again over the VIs on the following evenings:

Mon. 9/5/11
@ 7:43PM
A 3 minute run @ 60 degrees over the horizon
Arriving from the NNW and Departing to the NNE

Tues. 9/6/11
@ 6:46 PM
A 4 minute run @ 20 degrees over the horizon
Arriving from the N and Departing to the E

Wed. 9/7/11
@ 7:25 PM
A 3 minute run @ 45 degrees over the horizon
Arriving from the W and Departing to the SSE

Remember to use the cellphone clock for accurate timing and that ISS will appear as a non-blinking bright light gliding across the night sky.

"Give em' a wave!"

Swan

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cheryl96s
September 03, 2011 08:17PM

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download the app for iPhones called Star Walk! Easy to find and track the ISS

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Ric
September 04, 2011 02:51PM

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Don't have an iphone. Have a Swan.

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swans
September 04, 2011 04:29PM

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Ric
Don't have an iphone. Have a Swan.

Thank you Ric; you sure do.

Swan

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Effone
September 07, 2011 07:34PM

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Saw it! Very cool... Thank you!

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Nannerz
September 07, 2011 07:39PM

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Pretty cool stuff.

Thanks Swan for the heads up. It was moving really fast.

Here's a few shots we snapped from tonight as it passed over. You can see the streak in the sky(long exposure).






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swans
September 08, 2011 09:25AM

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G' morning,

Thank you Effone and thank you, Nannerz, for the great photos.

Yes, ISS is really moving so as to maintain orbit at roughly 210 to 250 miles above Earth She travels at approximately 17500 mph ( 5 miles per second) and orbits Earth once every 90 minutes. Weighing just shy of one million pounds, ISS can comfortably fit over a football field (including. the end zones.) The crew(s) conduct a host of microgravity research. To garner complete knowledge regarding ISS, please visit www.nasa.gov

NASA encourages children to engage themselves in learning about the space programs of which there are a number currently going on at this time.

I would love to see a future astronaut hail from our beautiful Virgin Islands! So kids, "If you dream it, you can do it!" Trust me.

Swan

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Nannerz
September 10, 2011 12:17AM

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When will it pass over the VI next?

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swans
September 10, 2011 07:08AM

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Nannerz
When will it pass over the VI next?

Good morning,
ISS is NOW visible only during the early morning hours, and is a wonder to be seen if you are up at those hours: Next week
:

FRIDAY, Sept. 16th
Time: 5:36 AM
A 6 min. run - Directly Overhead
Arriving from the SW and Departing to the NE (This will be a remarkable sighting due to her long run time and location overhead)

Saturday, Sept.17th
Time: 4:40 AM
A 2 min. run @ 22 degrees over the horizon
Arriving from the SSE and Departing to the ESE

Sunday, Sept. 18th
Time: 5:16 AM
A 4 min. run @ 40 degrees over the horizon
Arriving from the WSW and Departing to the NNE

Monday, Sept. 19th
Time: 4:22 AM
A 2 min. run @ 30 degrees over the horizon
Arriving from the ENE and Departing to the NE

Timing is exact ( use a cellphone clock. ISS will appear as a bright, non-blinking light crossing the sky)

"Give em' a wave!" And enjoy! Thank you for your interest in ISS!

Swan



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/10/2011 07:11AM by swans.

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nedalford
September 15, 2011 01:55AM

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Nannerz







These are absolutely stunning! Good job there.

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chefnoah
September 18, 2011 11:46AM

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Time lapse of ISS flying over

Here's a different look, cheers from Denver!
Noah

Re: ISS (Intn'l Spacestation) Sightings over the Virgin Islands
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swans
October 09, 2011 09:03AM

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G'morning,

ISS will be visible during the evening hours once again this coming week:

Wed., Oct 12th
Time: @ 7:19 PM
A 3 minute run
@45 degrees MAX Elevation
Arriving from the WSW and Departing to the NNW
Note She can be initially spotted (@15 degrees over the WSW horizon)

Thurs., Oct. 13th
Time @ 6:21 PM
A 6 minute run
@ 45 degrees MAX Elevation
Arriving from the SSW and Departing to the NE
Note: She can be initially spotted (@ 11 degrees over the SSW horizon)

Timing is exact (use cellphone clock) - She will appear as a non-blinking bright light gliding across the night sky. There are currently 3 crew members on board who also appreciate your interest in ISS!

"Give em' a wave!" Many thanks,
Swan

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Effone
October 13, 2011 09:08AM

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Hi swans,

Checked it out last night and it was spectacular watching the flight path between the clouds. Will be on the balcony tonight to check it out again!

Many regards!

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Bombi
October 13, 2011 09:22AM

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so cool, thanks Swan

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rhstoo
October 13, 2011 06:26PM

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Watching. SO cool!

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lily1025
October 13, 2011 06:42PM

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thanks again swans!! awesome!! was it me or where i was situated east end..did the shuttle seem a lttle higher and moving a little slower than the last few times?we waved as usual,how well can they see us??just washed my hair and made sure i took the towel off my head..vanity always reigns supreme just kidding thanks again!!

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LItoVI
October 17, 2011 07:41PM

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Posts: 42

Good night everyone,

I was just laying out on my lounge chair and saw a white non-blinking light go over from West to East. It looked like a star, but not a shooting star as it didn't leave a "tail". Can anyone tell me what it was? Thanks!!!

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STXBob
October 17, 2011 10:36PM

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LItoVI: You saw a satellite. For about 2 hours after sunset, you can see a random satellite going past every 5 minutes or so. None are nearly as bright as ISS, but if the skies are clear and there's no light pollution, you can see them.

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swans
October 26, 2011 07:57PM

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Good evening,

ISS will return the first week in November, but until then, please join me in a relaxing journey as we orbit Earth from aboard this beautiful Space Station.

(Turn up volume) and Enjoy!
Swan (Thank you, Doug; Thank you, Houston)






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Re: ISS (Intn'l Spacestation) Sightings over the Virgin Islands
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swans
November 04, 2011 10:05AM

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Good morning,
Thank you, Houston.

ISS should be stunning as she passes over the VIs during her next two visits before returning to early morning sighting opportunities this coming week.

Monday - Nov. 7th
@ 6:32 PM
A 6 min. run - Overhead
Arriving From the NNW and Departing To the SE (NNW to SE)

Wednesday - Nov. 9th
@ 6:14 PM
A 6 min. run - 40 degrees over the horizon
Arriving From the WNW and Departing To the SSE (WNW to SSE)

(Lily: To answer your questions re: speed and can the crew see details of Earth from ISS: At times ISS will seem to be moving faster (Overhead runs mainly) as compared to their sighting positions closer to and outward over the horizon - at more of a distance from our line of view, if you will. However, they are always moving at approximately 17,500 mph - the speed required to maintain orbit @ 210 to 250 miles above Earth.

Can they see us? With the technological advances of satellite systems available today and in the future, well...before waving to them, I'd probably remove the towel, too, after washing my hair....:as you said, "vanity always reigns supreme!" :D

"Give em' a wave!!!

Swan

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lily1025
November 04, 2011 01:22PM

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thanks again swans for all your updates!!

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swans
November 05, 2011 07:56PM

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swans
Good morning,
Thank you, Houston.

ISS should be stunning as she passes over the VIs during her next two visits before returning to early morning sighting opportunities this coming week.

Monday - Nov. 7th
@ 6:32 PM
A 6 min. run - Overhead
Arriving From the NNW and Departing To the SE (NNW to SE)

Wednesday - Nov. 9th
@ 6:14 PM
A 6 min. run - 40 degrees over the horizon
Arriving From the WNW and Departing To the SSE (WNW to SSE)

Swan

Lily: It is a pleasure to post updates of ISS sighting opportunities; and your interest - along with those of our other friends of ISS - do not go unappreciated by the agencies responsible for her: NASA (USA), RKA (Russia), JAXA (Japan), ESA (European), and CSA (Canada).
Many, many thanks!

"Give em' a wave!"

Swan

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West
November 07, 2011 05:42PM

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Space station just flew over the Virgin Islands. It is amazing what man can accomplish in just one life time.

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JohnnyWishbone
November 09, 2011 01:55PM

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Hi, I'm going to be on STT from12/8 to 12/16. Does anyone know if the ISS will be overhead within those dates? Can it be seen with the naked eye? Thanks, Johnny

Re: ISS (Intn'l Spacestation) Sightings over the Virgin Islands
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swans
November 09, 2011 02:38PM

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JohnnyWishbone
Hi, I'm going to be on STT from12/8 to 12/16. Does anyone know if the ISS will be overhead within those dates? Can it be seen with the naked eye? Thanks, Johnny

Welcome to the USVI Message Board Johnny,

The sighting opportunities schedule for December will be received approximately at the end of this month and - if you follow this thread topic - you will see my posting(s) of the best "sightings and run times" over the Virgin Islands. IF ISS is going to be visiting the VIs, I post the information at least two days in advance; also, these fly-overs are in the evening (although ISS does pass over during early morning hours - eg. 4:30 AM to 6:00 AM or so.) For obvious reasons, the AM sightings I do not post....unless someone requests them.:-)

The "detailed structures" of ISS (Solar Panels, Labs...etc) which comprise the nearly one million pound "Football Field" size station, can not be seen with the naked eye, but CAN if one uses binoculars. Consequently, what you would easily see with the naked eye is a Bright - Non-blinking Light, gliding in silence across the darkened sky.

Thank you for your interest in ISS!
And, thank you, Houston.

Swan

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