Last night at approximatly 9:35 p.m. we sighted the International Space Station flying in a straight line across the night sky. That's right folks, it flew right over my house in plain view. Then, at approximately 9:50 p.m, the space shuttle followed the same path!
Image above: The International Space Station is featured in this image photographed by an STS-131 crew member on space shuttle Discovery after the station and shuttle began their post-undocking relative separation. Credit: NASA
I'm not sure why, but this exicted me in a geeky kind of way. Just knowing that there are people on that tiny lighted object moving through space, is amazing in itself. But what is absolutley astonishing is that NASA can predict the exact, precise moment for these sightings where you live.
I was first told about this exciting opportunity by M from M is for Misanthrope. We have become good blogging buddies over the past year. When she posted something about it on her blog last year, I remember thinking, huh, I'll bet my husband would love to see that! And sure enough, he is hooked.
Today, the space shuttle will catch up with the space station and will dock at approximately 10:27 a.m. The shuttle is dropping off supplies to the space station. You can click here to get a listing of sightings and times in your area. Just remember, if you live in or near a big city, it may be harder to spot because of the bright lights.
Thanks again to M for introducing this to us. I was so excited after my sighting, I wanted to share it with you all!