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Laughing Gull
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Good Morning.

Thank you for sharing this. I'm trying to process the details so I know where to look. Does it matter where I am located on the island?

Thanks very much!

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Posted : June 4, 2014 10:41 am
swans
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Good morning:

Reminder: Tonight's sighting opportunity will be the last for a while. ISS will appear as a non-blinking, bright light gliding across the night sky; with binoculars, her solar panels are visible.

Wednesday 6/4
Time: 7:24pm
A 6 min. run @ 40 degrees over the horizon
Arriving from the WSW and Departing to the NNE.

Enjoy!
"Give 'em a wave!"
Swan

Laughing Gull: Perhaps this will be of some help to you. As long as you have a clear view of the sky, it doesn't matter where you are located on the island. Start looking a couple of minutes earlier toward the West-Southwest sky for her arrival at 'exactly' 7:25pm (Note: I deliberately post one minute earlier in order for everyone to get their bearings). Timing is exact, so use your cellphone.

In order to locate ISS, "Degrees Over the Horizon" is given in each sighting opportunity. To help locate ISS, the following method may be applied:

The sky is split up into 360 degrees. To get a general idea of how to measure degrees, extend your arm out from you, make a fist, and the distance from the top of your hand to the bottom is about 10 degrees. To check it for yourself, extend your arm and fist out toward the horizon. Then place your other arm and fist on top of the first and alternate them until you have counted to nine. You have just measured 90 degrees and your arm should now be straight up over your head, as it is 90 degrees over the horizon. I hope this helps.
Swan

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Topic starter Posted : June 4, 2014 11:06 am
swans
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Good evening everyone,

ISS will be passing over the Virgin Islands and Caribbean this weekend, providing a great sighting opportunity for our islanders and visitors alike. She will appear as a non-blinking, bright light gliding silently across the evening sky.

Sat. June 28th
Time: 7:20p.m.
A 5 minute run @ 55 degrees over the horizon. (Nice view).
Arriving from the NNW and Departing to the SE (NNW to SE)

"Give 'em a wave!"
Enjoy!
Swan

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Topic starter Posted : June 26, 2014 2:09 am
swans
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Just a reminder about ISS tonight!

Sat. June 28th
Time: 7:20p.m.
A 5 minute run @ 55 degrees over the horizon. (Nice view).
Arriving from the NNW and Departing to the SE (NNW to SE)
Swan

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Topic starter Posted : June 28, 2014 4:02 pm
swans
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Good afternoon everyone,

At the end of the week and into the weekend ISS will be passing over the VIs and Caribbean. Reminder: She will appear as a non-blinking bright light gliding across the night sky.

Fri., Aug 1st. @ 7:35pm
A 6 min. run @35 degrees over the horizon
Arriving from the SSW and Departing to the ENE (SSW to ENE)

Sat., Aug. 2nd @ 8:23pm
A 5 min. run @ 20 degrees over the horizon (Low in the sky)
Arriving from the West and Departing to the North (W to N)

Sun., Aug. 3rd., @ 7:34pm
A 6 min. run @ 45degrees over the horizon
Arriving from the WSW and Departing to the NNE (WSW to NNE)

There are currently six crew aboard ISS.
"Give 'em a wave!"
Swan

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Topic starter Posted : July 30, 2014 4:22 pm
swans
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For our ISS followers:

ISS will be passing over the Virgin Islands and Caribbean this week:

Wednesday, Aug. 27th
Time: 7:36 p.m.
A 4 minute run @ 65 degrees over the horizon
Arriving from the NNW and Departing to the ESE (NNW to ESE)

"Give 'em a wave!"
Swan

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Topic starter Posted : August 25, 2014 5:45 am
heavyd
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Only one evening? Saw the Shuttle and ISS docked years ago over Los Angeles about 0530 it was moving extremely fast.

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Posted : August 26, 2014 12:48 pm
swans
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For our ISS followers:

ISS will be passing over the Virgin Islands and Caribbean this week:

Wednesday, Aug. 27th
Time: 7:36 p.m.
A 4 minute run @ 65 degrees over the horizon
Arriving from the NNW and Departing to the ESE (NNW to ESE)

"Give 'em a wave!"
Swan

In reply to Heavyd, regarding additional sighting opportunities this week
Thank you.

Fri. Aug. 29th
Time: 7:38 p.m.
A 3 min. run @ 25 degrees over the horizon
Arriving from the West and Departing to the South. (W to S)

Sat. Aug. 30th
Time: 6:50 p.m.
A 4 min. run @ 60 degrees above the horizon
Arriving from the WNW and Departing to the SSE (WNW to SSE)

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Topic starter Posted : August 26, 2014 2:23 pm
heavyd
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Thanks Swans saw her sailing bye tonite, wife thought I was daft or something. lol.

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Posted : August 28, 2014 12:46 am
swans
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Thanks Swans saw her sailing bye tonite, wife thought I was daft or something. lol.

I'm so pleased you saw her. This Friday night's run will be a 'low over the horizon' fly-bye @ 25 degrees an might be a bit harder to see; but, Saturday's sighting will be wonderful @ 60 degrees - almost near overhead.

Daft? LOL. We do love our ISS, including the crew of six up there. Don't forget to "Give 'em a wave!" . When anyone of the crew has time to watch out the windows, they always give a wave to us all. Thank you for your interest in ISS(NASA/ESA)

Swan

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Topic starter Posted : August 28, 2014 1:35 am
OldTart
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Well done, Swans! Had some friends over for dinner last night and, dining outside, one of them spotted a light traveling across the night sky which was obviously not a 'plane. On checking this thread this morning, I was happy to send him the information you posted. Thanks again!

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Posted : August 28, 2014 1:57 pm
noOne
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How 'bout their view down on us?

The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth

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Posted : August 28, 2014 3:36 pm
swans
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Just a quick reminder of ISS's visit tonight! She will now be passing over the VIs early mornings.
Enjoy!

Sat. Aug. 30th
Time: 6:50 p.m.
A 4 min. run @ 60 degrees above the horizon
Arriving from the WNW and Departing to the SSE (WNW to SSE)

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Topic starter Posted : August 30, 2014 12:40 pm
noOne
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Interactive map of the World with pictures related to regions from astronauts in space, with the ISS location (1 minute delay) above the planet:

https://www.arcgis.com/apps/OnePane/basicviewer/index.html?appid=7cd4e3c8a8fd4e9dbb46cb2e39cd83e3

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Posted : August 31, 2014 7:18 pm
swans
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Interactive map of the World with pictures related to regions from astronauts in space, with the ISS location (1 minute delay) above the planet:

https://www.arcgis.com/apps/OnePane/basicviewer/index.html?appid=7cd4e3c8a8fd4e9dbb46cb2e39cd83e3/blockquote >

Thank you for this posting, noOne.

How amazing is this? The crew are truly busy with tasks and experiments to complete while aboard ISS, yet they all take part of their own 'down time' to share photos and videos of Earth as they pass overhead. They are all aware of our appreciation for this special treat while aboard ISS and enjoy sending the beauty of our spectacular, blue planet down for us to view as they do. It is interesting to select an area and then observe what it looks like from 250 miles high. Truly amazing.

Swan

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Topic starter Posted : September 1, 2014 12:41 am
noOne
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A better outlay of the ISS path with a live video feed (black is night)

http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/HDEV/

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Posted : September 1, 2014 7:37 pm
noOne
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A Dragon Chases The Space Station In Orbit

After a day-long weather delay, the SpaceX Falcon blasted off early this morning, on a cargo run to our astronauts in orbit. The Dragon is carrying bits and pieces for 255 experiments, including a cadet of moustronauts, a new wind-tracking accessory for the station, and a 3D printer.

[...]

The payload includes ISS-RapidScat, the first instrument specifically designed to be mounted on the International Space Station and watch the Earth. It will use low-energy microwaves to monitor the Earth's winds over the ocean, improving hurricane tracking.

[...]

But more excitingly, for the first time Dragon is carrying live mammals as part of Rodent Research-1. A cadet of mousetronauts will be taking up residence on the station. They'll be participating in experiments tracking bone density degradation in microgravity, and the impact of drugs on mitigating that damage.

[...]

The payload also includes the first 3D printer to go into space. It'll be tested to see how well it can produce parts on-demand, reducing both the cost and time for bringing cargo to the station. If it works, it'll be invaluable for deep space missions. Either way, the results will hopefully improve terrestrial 3D printing.

3D printing is a big thing for the ISS because the utility of the device, besides a computer, could be the highest.

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Posted : September 22, 2014 4:46 pm
swans
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Congratulations to SPACEX for the successful launch of Dragon to the ISS. We also must extend our thanks to ARIANESPACE - Ariane V; Soyuz; Vega - the European Spaceport (ESA) in Kourou, French Guiana for the transport of supplies to ISS via their ATVs (Automated Transport Vehicle). Congratulations to all for a job well done!

http://www.arianespace.com/index/index.asp

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Topic starter Posted : September 23, 2014 8:49 pm
swans
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Good Morning.

ISS anyone? ISS will be gliding over the Virgin Islands and should look stunning in the night sky this Friday evening:

Friday, Oct. 3rd. @ 6:58 PM
A 5 minute run @ 75 degrees over the horizon (nearly overhead).
Arriving from the SSW and Departing to the NE (SSW to NE).

Six crew members are aboard.

"Give 'em a wave!"
Swan

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Topic starter Posted : October 1, 2014 11:14 am
swans
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Greetings everyone,

ISS is returning to the Virgin Islands and all of the Caribbean with two awesome sighting opportunities this week. She will appear as a non-blinking bright light as she glides across the night sky:

Wed., Oct. 29th
Time: 6:52PM
A 5 min. run @ 82 degrees over the horizon (Overhead).
Arriving from the NW and Departing to the SSE (NW to SSE)

Thurs., Oct. 30th
Time: 6:04PM
A 5 min. run @ 40 degrees over the horizon.
Arriving from the NNW and Departing to the ESE (NNW to ESE).

"Give 'em a wave!"
Swan

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Topic starter Posted : October 26, 2014 3:05 pm
swans
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Good afternoon ISS followers:

ISS is returning to the awesome Virgin Islands and Caribbean for a brief visit, shining brightly as she glides over the night sky.

Thursday, Dec. 4th
Time: 6:38PM
A 3 minute run @ 72 degrees over the horizon (almost overhead).
Arriving from the SW and Departing to the NNE (SW to NNE).

"Give 'em a wave!"
Swan

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Topic starter Posted : December 2, 2014 4:07 pm
swans
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Good evening ISS followers,

ISS will be ringing in the New Year for the beautiful Virgin Islands with a spectacular sighting opportunity tomorrow evening! From NASA, ESA, Arianespace; have a wonderful, happy and healthy New Year everyone!
Swan

Monday, Dec. 29th
Time: 6:39 PM.
A 6 minute run - Overhead!
Arriving from the NW and Departing to the SE.

"Give 'em a wave!"

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Topic starter Posted : December 28, 2014 9:09 pm
swans
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Greetings everyone,

Our ISS family will be visiting over the awesome and beautiful Virgin Islands this Sunday and Tuesday. Enjoy!

Sunday, Feb.1st. @ 6:50 pm
A 5 minute run @ 55 degrees over the horizon (just off of overhead)
Arriving from the SSW and Departing to the NE (SSW to NE).

Tuesday, Feb.3rd. @ 6:44 pm
A 3 minute run @ 35 degrees over the horizon
Arriving from the WNW and Departing to the NNE (WNW to NNE)

"Give 'em a wave!"
Swan

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Topic starter Posted : January 30, 2015 3:23 pm
swans
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A Message from ISS to All:

Swan

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Topic starter Posted : February 4, 2015 1:58 am
swans
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What a treat, everyone... ISS is passing over the absolutely gorgeous US Virgin Islands on three consecutive evenings this week. What a wonderful opportunity this gives visitors to see ISS under the incomparably awesome Caribbean sky.

Wed., Feb.25th
Time: 6:48pm
A 5 minute run @20 degrees over the horizon (somewhat distant arc)
Arriving from the North and Departing to the East (N to E)

Thurs., Feb, 26th
Time: 7:31 pm
A 6 minute run @ 40 degrees over the horizon
Arriving from the WNW and Departing to the SSE (WNW to SSE)

Fri., Feb. 27th
Time: 6:40 pm
A 5 minute run @ 70 degrees over the horizon (just about overhead)
Arriving from the NNW and Departing to the SE (NNW to SE)

"Give 'em a wave!"
Swan

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Topic starter Posted : February 24, 2015 2:25 am
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