the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (1x2)
I just went out to see if I could spot the ISS and the shuttle. I didn't think I'd be able to see anything because there are a lot of buildings and trees around here, there's a lot of light pollution from the security lights in the parking lot and from the warehouse next door, and it's kind of overcast tonight.

At first, I didn't realize what I was looking at. I live on the flight path to O'Hare, so the two bright lights coming in at that angle and at that distance apart just looked like planes stacked up for landing. But they never got lower, they never displayed the blinking red wing lights, and they continued in an arc to the south while maintaining altitude and distance from each other. I looked at my watch to double-check, and that's when I knew for sure it was the ISS and the shuttle I was seeing.

They were easily visible, even with all the bright security lights around here. They're very bright, with the ISS being a bit brighter than the shuttle following it. I had a really good view for about a minute and a half before they hit the cloud cover.

I'm going to have to try this again on Friday.

the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (1x2)
Depending on where you live, the International Space Station and the space shuttle will both appear in the night sky, visible without a telescope, from tonight until Saturday night. They will be highest above the horizon (making for easier viewing) tonight and Friday night.

Visit NASA's Human Space Flight page, choose your country under "Sighting Opportunities", then choose the closest location to you for exact viewing times. In the western suburbs of Chicago, they will be visible from 9:53 p.m. to 9:56 p.m. tonight.


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