ISS over Gloucester

DM3194
Joined: 07 Feb 2008, 22:54

04 Dec 2016, 12:00 #221

Straight up this evening.

Time: Sun Dec 04 4:55 PM, Visible: 4 min, Max Height: 86°, Appears: 36° above SW, Disappears: 13° above ENE
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DM3194
Joined: 07 Feb 2008, 22:54

04 Dec 2016, 13:34 #222

I would like to talk to ISS people on one of their passes someday.
Look like a pretty short window for contacting them on any given pass.

They use the 2-Meter ham band. 145.800 / 145.200.

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When the astronauts put out a CQ call they also use 145.800 MHz FM but operate “split” listening for replies 600 kHz lower on 145.200 MHz. If you are lucky and hear them calling CQ just remember to activate your rigs repeater shift to ensure you reply on the correct frequency. You should never transmit on 145.800 MHz.

When to listen: The ISS is in a very low orbit and so is only in range 5 or 6 times each day and then only for a maximum of 10 minutes on the best orbit. This means you need to make sure you’re listening at the right time to hear it. There are a number of websites that tell you when to listen.
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DM3194
Joined: 07 Feb 2008, 22:54

04 Dec 2016, 21:39 #223

Here it comes///// 15
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bogtrotter
Joined: 08 May 2012, 01:18

27 Feb 2017, 02:09 #224

  Posting on this thread because it seems the most appropriate one... Was just outside and saw what was was either a piece of either space junk or an extraterrestrial body enter the atmosphere heading north to south. Schweeet! 8:56pm. It flared up and tailed off pretty quickly...seemed more sizeable than other objects I've seen over the years. I love this stuff...
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DM3194
Joined: 07 Feb 2008, 22:54

27 Feb 2017, 03:31 #225

bogtrotter:
Here is a report that was filed tonight about something that was seen pretty close to the time you reported.
Could you and this person from Niantic have been watching the same thing, I wonder?
She doesn't mention if it was north to south.

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FALLING STAR-HUGE
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Submitted by Erin on February 26, 2017 - 9:40pm
On February 26th around 9:05 i saw a huge ball of light, white with green around edges fall, it took long
enough that i had time to tell my son, "hey, look at that!" I have never seen one so big! I live in Niantic, CT


from:
http://www.almanac.com/content/meteor-shower-calendar
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Fortune Cookie
Joined: 13 Nov 2010, 17:37

27 Feb 2017, 04:02 #226

Sounds like you saw a nice meteor, maybe a fireball.

I saw an amazing one as a kid -- it soared overhead as we were out playing. We lived maybe three miles form the center of a small town, and to my eyes, I figured whatever it was landed close to town. No way -- the news the next day said it landed hundreds of miles away in upstate New York.

It was close to sunset and I remember it left what looked like a smoke trail and it was glowing and shedding sparks as it soared.

The father of the kid I was playing with mocked us when we told him -- asked us if we were seeing little green men and all that. He ate a bit of crow when the news came out the next day.

Given its trajectory, I bet it's reasonable that what you saw at 8:56 could be the same thing that was seen over Niantic 9 minutes later.
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DM3194
Joined: 07 Feb 2008, 22:54

27 Feb 2017, 05:09 #227

Fireball Reports
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This is not a website that I had been aware of before tonight.
It shows reports from Boston and NH around 9:00pm (2:00am UTC...I think).

http://www.amsmeteors.org/members/imo_v ... nt=PENDING
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DM3194
Joined: 07 Feb 2008, 22:54

27 Feb 2017, 05:14 #228

And NY and CT....
With a duration of 3.5 seconds. That is a long time!
Maybe something will be on the news. We had an event like this last May that made headlines.
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From Deep River CT, 9pm last night....
I could clearly distinguish the actual flames on the meteor in bright red, oranges and yellow tongues: burning bright to in white in the front, peeling back in color (extremely reminiscent of a campfire's progression of air to wood), and the rear-facing portion left as seeming black or very burnt umber. Unfortunately, I did not see full details or can report true colors, as my sighting was as garnered from a peek through a window behind a curtain -- and immediately saw this where I had expected to see stars. Peripheral vision first identified it as a plane due to the usually low altitude and brightness, followed by identification of failed fireworks, then suddenly realized neither was the case as it flew on, swallowed by flames, and became blocked by silhouettes of trees. I highly expect there to have been a smoke trail, though from my poor viewing area it could not be readily identified. Rather, worried about a sonic boom, I bolted the other direction, just in case window damages and bodily harm followed. (No noticable boom or shock wave was heard in the end, though I remained indoors and enveloped by indoor ambiance.) I was vert surprised it did not disappear from view for the full duration it flew overhead: rather, it appeared it disappeared from view solely on the basis our horizon line is curved and thus dove (still fluttering with tongues of light) beyond the arc. I generally watch meteor showers several times a year for several hours apiece, or when weather (and bug season) suitable. I have been a fan of them since I was very young, currently post college, and am extremely startled by this event. If the average shooting star is a white streak or razor-fine zing across the sky, and a previous fireball of mine comparable to a rich white pastel mark on black paper, this one was neither: a legitimate solidified object whose front was flaming real fire and rear left in shadow. I wondered where it would land, or ideally, burn up before it did.
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bogtrotter
Joined: 08 May 2012, 01:18

27 Feb 2017, 13:35 #229

Thanks for the meteor sight link DM, it's been bookmarked. There are reports there that coincide with what I saw. Whatever was seen in Niantic I believe was a different event as it was later and a longer duration. What I saw was an intense yellow/orange with some red around the edges and tailing a very intense green lasting no more than a second, if that. Actually, all of the colors were very intense. I've only witnessed a similar event once, many many years ago while riding with my family in our car in Watertown. I was the only one who saw it as it was on my side of the car. Dad was busy driving and my mom and sister were on the other side of the car.
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Fortune Cookie
Joined: 13 Nov 2010, 17:37

27 Feb 2017, 13:40 #230

It's now listed as an event in its own right:

http://www.amsmeteors.org/members/imo_v ... t/2017/792
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Fortune Cookie
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27 Feb 2017, 13:45 #231

I think this is the one I saw as a kid:

http://firmaterra.blogspot.com/2005/05/ ... -1966.html
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DM3194
Joined: 07 Feb 2008, 22:54

27 Feb 2017, 14:19 #232

Fortune Cookie wrote:
It's now listed as an even in its own right:

http://www.amsmeteors.org/members/imo_v ... t/2017/792
I had not seen that map graphic you sourced here, dedicated to just this one incident. I am impressed by the number of registered "meteor watchers" we have out there!


I tend to think that this was one single incident even though there is a little variance in the reported times and descriptions.
Amateur observers doing their best to describe something that is really quite shocking, surprising -- and fast -- as it happens.
And usually putting their observations to the keyboard after the fact. Hard to be a good witness.


I am sorry I missed this. Glad that bogrotter was looking up last night!
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DM3194
Joined: 07 Feb 2008, 22:54

03 Mar 2017, 23:33 #233

Flyover in the morning:
Time: Sat Mar 04 5:06 AM, Visible: 4 min, Max Height: 70°, Appears: 19° above SW, Disappears: 30° above ENE
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From the radar maps, it looks like we will have a nice quick blast of pretty snow at 8:00-ish tonight.
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DM3194
Joined: 07 Feb 2008, 22:54

04 Mar 2017, 09:59 #234

Here they come! (5:06) Should be a bright and shiny pass.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/ ... _Patch.png

Speed: 17,151 mph (4.76 miles per second) Altitude: 253 miles


I am listenening on 145.800 mhz in case they are talking this morning.
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DM3194
Joined: 07 Feb 2008, 22:54

30 Mar 2017, 22:54 #235

Here they come....



Time: Thu Mar 30 7:28 PM, Visible: 3 min, Max Height: 58°, Appears: 58° above ESE, Disappears: 10° above ENE
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DM3194
Joined: 07 Feb 2008, 22:54

20 Apr 2017, 01:29 #236

Close Call!
Asteroid 2014 JO25 just whizzed by pretty close to earth.

I though I felt some extra gravity waves in the kitchen tonight!


Radar images of asteroid 2014 JO25 were generated
and collected on April 18, 2017, by NASA's
Goldstone Solar System Radar in California's Mojave Desert.
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DM3194
Joined: 07 Feb 2008, 22:54

20 Apr 2017, 01:34 #237

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DM3194
Joined: 07 Feb 2008, 22:54

27 Apr 2017, 06:23 #238

Big finish for Cassini tonight.... after 19 years up there!

Cassini is diving "below the rings" right now for the closest view of Saturn ever.
Radio silence now, and NASA awaits a signal this morning to see if things worked out.


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Cassini spacecraft loses contact with Nasa as it dives through Saturn's rings

Scientists won't be able to check on the health of the ship until the early morning
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DM3194
Joined: 07 Feb 2008, 22:54

27 Apr 2017, 06:34 #239

Photo of Earth from Cassini a few days ago.
Makes us look small!

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DM3194
Joined: 07 Feb 2008, 22:54

01 Jul 2017, 00:30 #240

Think about asteroids today!



In its resolution the United Nations declares 30 June International Asteroid Day to observe
each year at the international level the anniversary of the Tunguska impact over Siberia, Russian Federation,
on 30 June 1908 and to raise public awareness about the asteroid impact hazard.
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