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    The first time I saw ISS I was hanging out with fellow BMW-riders!
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    I lived in North Central Oklahoma in the early 1970s. The local newspaper published a satellite timetable listing time, direction of travel and how high off the horizon to watch. It was the most exciting thing to happen after dark in Enid, OK. It was the only exciting thing to happen after dark in Enid.

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    Just watched the Space Station make a pass. Perfect night and timing. Looked like a Buick going over at a hundred feet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    We live 53 miles out of town, in the desert, at 3600 ft msl, in what is one of the least ight polluted locations in the United States. And have 330 suuny days and clear nights a year. So yes, we watch the sky a bit. In fact, we are going to the McDonald Observatory on Monday night to a star party of sorts.

    If I lived where you do........I would seriously consider a skylight & a decent power telescope.
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    Well, with less travel, the skyís are clearer- less pollution in the atmosphere. If your looking for something to do tonight- look up. Itís amazing what you can see
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    Usually I see multiple planes all day long. Now only the sounds of military traffic.

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    Satellites, shooting stars and UFO's

    In 2016 I spent 3 months sailing from Capetown SA to Annapolis Maryland. It's amazing what you can see on a clear night in the middle of the ocean. Many shooting stars and a few satellites was a nightly occurrence on night watch. I think I saw a few UFO's also, but I'm not sure. I guess that's why there called UFO's.

    This off the subject but I saw a once in a lifetime event for me one night on watch. It must have been a shooting star coming directly toward me from the direction I was looking. Of course it happened very quickly but it was just like a bright light coming toward me and then all of a sudden it went out. Ok, I feel better since I got that off my chest.
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    Been watching the sky, for satellites for years. Used to lay on the Baja beaches at night and watch them on our extended camping trips in the seventies. More recently (the last forty years), from hunting camp, in the ID mountains. Last summer at the Stanley Stomp (Grande Jean, ID), watched them while sitting around the campfire. First saw the ISS while attending the Chief Joseph Rally at John Day, OR, several years ago. Since then we've seen it several times from our front deck. Last night saw some of Elon's satellites (SpaceX Starlink satellites), a string of probably thirty, moving across the sky. Looks like there'll be many more before long. Very little light pollution here in the central ID.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 6322 View Post
    Been watching the sky, for satellites for years. Used to lay on the Baja beaches at night and watch them on our extended camping trips in the seventies. More recently (the last forty years), from hunting camp, in the ID mountains. Last summer at the Stanley Stomp (Grande Jean, ID), watched them while sitting around the campfire. First saw the ISS while attending the Chief Joseph Rally at John Day, OR, several years ago. Since then we've seen it several times from our front deck. Last night saw some of Elon's satellites (SpaceX Starlink satellites), a string of probably thirty, moving across the sky. Looks like there'll be many more before long. Very little light pollution here in the central ID.
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    Where we live in the Texas Big Bend just northwest of Big Bend National Park and just east of Big Bend Ranch State Park is within an International Dark Sky Place.

    See: https://www.darksky.org/our-work/conservation/idsp/

    On any of the many clear sky nights (it is a desert) our view of the skies is truly spectacular. And when the ISS is going past somebody always posts the time and direction on local Facebook pages to alert folks to go out and watch it. Sometimes it gets lost among the illumination of a swirling Milky Way.
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    You do know donít you, that when you are watching the satellites that they are watching you too. They are always watching.
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    Quote Originally Posted by akbeemer View Post
    You do know donít you, that when you are watching the satellites that they are watching you too. They are always watching.
    Of course. When I was in the Air Force 50 years ago they were watching then too. I thrust a finger skyward every now and then just to antagonize the watchers.
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    Ya know what else is up there?
    The good ol' US of A has left 3 functioning "Cars" on the Moon!
    What a guy thing, go up to the moon and drive around.
    To bad they didn't have any females on those trips, coulda gone for a real Moonlight drive!
    Maybe get lucky in the LEM just before night night time.

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