March 11, 2009

Heads Up and Spot the Space Shuttle/International Space Station Without a Telescope

Gareth McGrath of StarNews has an interesting article on spotting the Space Shuttle and/or International Space station with the naked eye from Wilmington. In his article he referenced the NASA website, spaceflight.nasa.gov, which gives viewing locations and times for NASA assets.

The following are the times for spotting the International Space Station:
Tue Mar 10/06:24 AM
Thu Mar 12/08:32 PM
Fri Mar 13/08:58 PM
Sat Mar 14/07:50 PM
Sun Mar 15/08:18 PM
Mon Mar 16/08:46 PM
Wed Mar 18/08:05 PM

The following are the times for the Space Shuttle:
Fri Mar 13/08:58 PM
Sat Mar 14/07:50 PM
Sun Mar 15/08:18 PM
Mon Mar 16/08:46 PM
Wed Mar 18/08:05 PM
Sat Mar 28/09:26 PM

For very specific and technical descriptors as to where to look, visit their website: http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/sightings/cities/view.cgi?country=United_States&region=North_Carolina&city=Wilmington

Here is an article from Starry Skies Network that offers some additional pointers: http://starryskies.net/articles/2007/06/iss-sightings.php

Here is a very helpful Youtube video which shows exactly what you are looking for (make sure to check some of the related videos, very cool stuff):

Fact: Did you know that Wilmington International Aiport is a designated emergency landing site for NASA shuttles? Read here.

Photo Credit: Night time view of Space Shuttle/ICC
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