ISS Companions

Posted by BC on April 1st, 2010

International Space Station will have companion vessels this month. Russian Soyuz and USA Shuttle vessels will be visible in the sky along with ISS. You can find out when these, as well as other satellites, are visible from your area by going to NASA’s Human Space Flight site or SpaceWeather’s Satellite Flybys site.

Viewing the space vessels as they pass across the sky is an easy thing to do, providing your weather is good. You do not need a telescope or binoculars to see them. Just find out where and when to look, then go out and look for a bright object, or objects, smoothly crossing the area of sky where they are predicted to go. They will not “zoom” or blink or leave a trail.

When you see these objects, think about the astronauts, past or present, who have traveled on them.

One person has commented

Hosanna said,

Thank you so much for posting this! I stared at the planetary duo for quite some time, trying to figure it out, since Venus doesn’t have any moons and the stars weren’t out yet. My planet finding guide didn’t even have Mercury listed! What a beautiful sight.

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