December 29th, 2004


I Saw the Space Station

I woke up early this morning to see my dad off to work, and we went out on the porch to watch the International Space Station pass by. My parents have a great view of the eastern sky, and right on cue, a bright dot appeared in the northwest sky and made an arc to the southeast, taking about 90 seconds to traverse the visible sky. It would have been about a three minute viewing if we'd had complete visibility.

Austin will get a few viewings before the end of the year. Here's a link to the NASA site that shows the location and time for our city. If it's warm enough, I'll probably try to trudge out to the big field at the adjacent elementary school later this week and watch the passage again. It might be worth picking up binoculars too, hoping to make out some of the ISS's details.