# Satelite Watching

Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by amdx, Nov 27, 2009.

1. ### amdxGuest

I took my son out to watch the ISS (International Space Station) pass by
at 5:43 this evening. My son saw it first but we weren't sure because
something else was moving at the same speed. We quickly realized
yes both objects were moving across the sky. At arms length they were
When we got home I started looking online to see what the second
object was. Turns out to be STS129, the space shuttle!
Open these in two different tabs and see how close they are to each other.
The ISS.
http://www.n2yo.com/?s=25544

The Space shuttle.
http://www.n2yo.com/?s=36094

I don't know how long they will track.
Well, I know not past 9:30 tommorrow,
the shuttle is supposed to land.
Mike

2. ### amdxGuest

It's kinda cold tonight 56*F might get into the low 40s.
Oh, I see your around 30*F.
Mike

3. ### amdxGuest

This must have been a rare occurance, look how close the were.
Maximum altitude is at ISS 17:44:57 STS 17:45:19 Within 22 seconds
Altitude ISS 37° STS 38°
Within 1°
Azimuth ISS 44° STS 44°
Same
Distance ISS 549 km STS 545 km
Within 4 km.

ISS = International Space Station STS= The Space shuttle- STS 129
Mike

4. ### amdxGuest

Yes, That's what I used to find the ISS would be coming over.
Then when we saw two objects, I tried to get back on that sight
and it was to busy for the next few hours.
Mike

5. ### amdxGuest

My cellphone was close enough, but a compass would have helped
pinpoint the rising direction better. 4 hours later and I'm still excited!
Mike

6. ### RobGuest

The difference in distance between you and ISS and between you and STS
was 4 km. This does not mean they are 4km apart. That would only be
true if they were on a straight line from you to those objects.

7. ### qrkGuest

The mission before this one, we went out to watch the ISS and saw the
shuttle leading the ISS. Quite a treat and surprise. Although I had my
camera, the lens was too long to get both in. Yes, you can sort of
make out the ISS structure with a 500mm lens.

8. ### krwGuest

An iron belt buckle and brass locomotive?

9. ### amdxGuest

I understand that, at one time they were docked with each other.
Mike

10. ### JosephKKGuest

From a quick calculation, that 1 degree difference in right ascension