Date: March 7, 2012

Title: Amateur Astronomers Flash the ISS!

Podcasters: Nancy Atkinson & Keith Little

Organization: Universe Today ; San Antonio Astronomical Association

Links: Austin Astronomy Society :

Description: If you were down on Earth, flashing a light at the astronauts on the ISS,would they see you? The answer is now definitively, yes. Flashing the space station with beams of light as it passes overhead had never been successfully done—until March 4, 2012. Astronomers with the San Antonio Astronomy Association (SAAA) and the Austin Astronomy Society combined forces to flash enough light at the ISS from a dark location, as to appear greater than 0 magnitude to astronaut Don Pettit, on board the station.

Bio: Nancy Atkinson is a science journalist and is the Senior Editor for Universe Today

Keith Little is the Marketing Director of the San Antonio Astronomical Association

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You can read an article based on this interview on Universe Today, which includes images and video from the event:

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