Space Shuttle Atlantis - Passing overhead

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  1. lIghty

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    Hi All

    For those who are interested, The Atlantis space shuttle has just passed over head at 17h51, it will be passing again at 19h28 (as viewed from Durban), it is docked with the ISS (international Space Station) and if VERY Bright (Looks like a plane) and is VERY Quick, I only have about 90 seconds of viewing time.

    The next passing (19h28) will be from the NW to the SE, it should basically be directly (or a touch North Easterly) above you if you are in the Capetown area!

    Viewing time maybe slightly out as its calculated from Durban.

    It will be viewable from the rest of SA, just depending on how far from Capetown you are, it will be more to wards the SW horizon.

    It will be viewable again on the 18/7 @ +-2h00 over the Indian ocean moving North Easterly and again @ +-3h38 heading roughly over Capetown towards JHB.

    Some more times

    18/7

    16h55 NW to SE over South tip of Madagascar
    18h32 NW to SE over DBN
    20h08 NW to SE South off the bottom of SA.

    If you have an iPhone, just DL an app called "Go Atlantis"


    Have fun!
     
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  3. KeeganP

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    Awesome stuff thanks man, Thought I missed it, so it'll be visible at 18h32 tonight?
     
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    Yip, here are the details for the next 2 passes tonight.It will be visible about 5 minutes before the time on the top right hand corner. Its only visible for a few minutes, so don't be late!

    It will also be historic, as this will be the last time ever to be seen, as its the shuttles last mission!

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    So here in jhb it won't be visiable then...?
     
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    @jacoc, it should be, but will be closer to the horizon, you will have a better view for the pass at 18h25 this evening, try position yourself on high ground, this will help.
     
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    @jacoc, just checked for JHB, viewing times are as follows, 6:28:34PM to 6:34:16PM peaking @ 6:31:34 36deg elevation.

    Look SW towards Capetown, and it will rise on from your RHS.
     
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    Well that was awesome, Thank lIghty for the info!! even tho it wasnt the perfect view because I was on my way home and spotted it while just passing the old durban intl airport, it was good spotting it tho. :thumbup:
     
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    Good to hear you spotted it Keegan, I was a bit disapointed, it was rather dull compared to lastnight, but here's a bit I took.

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    Very cool pic, thanks man. :thumbup:
     
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    Shot Justin! that app is very cool... had some friends over last night, the app's alarm went off so we all piled out into the garden and had a great view :) then I got to show off the nerdy side of me and rattled off about the ISS, atlantis, the shuttle program being shut down etc for the rest of the evening... LOL!
     
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    Was very cool. It was exciting knowing that that little moving light was the ISS and the Shuttle, and that it was filled with astronauts. Sad to see the shuttle program ending though.[FONT=&quot][/FONT]
     
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    Very sad isn't it!
     
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    The shuttle has undocked from the ISS at 8h19 this morning, they will be passing overhead again at 5h30pm today, not sure on how far apart they will be from one another, but this may be visible as 2 separate "stars".

    It will be passing from the NW to SE, quite high but slighty towards the NE.
     
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    its still too bright... or will we be able to spot it...?
     
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    Ok I take that back, damn those guys are bright, I spotted them again :biggrin: Very easy today as they were the only bright "stars" in the sky...
     
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    Did you see the 2 parts? I didn't but my folks in Empangeni did, took some pics in RAW, will try enhance to see if I can spot it!

    The guys in Cape town may see it again tonight at 7:07pm for a short while before it drop out of sun light.
     
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    :) Yup saw them both, not sure which was infront and which was at the back, but did see both of them here while I was still at work (Mayville area).
     
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