Monday, September 11, 2006
So I got up at 4:55 am and set up the Olympus, I set the camera up facing the Southern Pleiades, as both the shuttle and the ISS would pass below it. After some anxiety that I missed it (the Shuttle appeared about a minute after Heavens Above predicted it), a bright point appeared near Triangulum and began to glide across the sky.
Unfortunately, the shuttle was at its brightest in triangulum, and dimmed significantly by the time it glided past the Southern Pleiades. So the picture isn't the best.
As the Shuttle headed for the eastern horizon, the ISS appeared, and followed almost the path of STS-115. It was a little bit dimmer than the Shuttle, but I got some images of that as well (which I will mercifully spare you. But there are far worse ways to spend a morning than watching the Shuttle and ISS fly past in the early dawn.
I don't know. The predictions from Heavens Above and the file I downloaded into SkyMap were the opposite way around (with the STS coming up at 5:02). This morning the HA predictions were STS 5:26:33, ISS 5:27:02 (last night the STS was prdicyetd to be one minute ahead). Maybe there is something wacky in the prediction tables? Anyway, check out this mornings image :-)
Actually, I have a trail of both. I'll assemble the images into an overlays showing both tracks later tonight.