Satellite viewing hat trick!
I had a very cool experience last night. I knew there was an Iridium flare for my location (-8 mag forecast) and that about 15 minutes later, Hubble was to go overhead.
Well, as the time neared for the Iridum flare, my wife noticed something very bright to the NNE. It was in the wrong area of sky for the flare, but was obviously something in orbit. Well, as it was traversing, the Iridum flare appeared. Either I blinked and missed the -8 mag (and yes, it was forecast to be that bright for me.. 0.2km from center), or it wasn't that bright. Still ~0 mag or a little less. So that was cool... I said to my wife that the other object HAD to be ISS, but wasn't sure becasue I didn't see it listed on heavens above. Well, we went in and I checked and YES it WAS ISS!
We went back out and saw Hubble at ~1.5 mag.
So 3 bright objects within 15 minutes!
It was SO cool. Now I have the wife hooked on flare/sat watching! She's going out of town to visit some family in NC and wanted the flares for this week for that location prinited! No ISS or HST passes for her, though.
It was wicked awesome!
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"In the nightgown of the sullen moon, How the windows lean into the room, In the nightgown of the sullen moon."
-They Might Be Giants