See sats in the sky
Did you ever saw an artificial satellite with a naked eye???
If the reply is no, read the following lines and you see how easy
Of course, if instead of clear sky there is a cloudy ceiling, you'll
have to wait for better days.
- Visit this site.
- Select your location from the data base.
- Choose ISS
(International Space Station), because larger objects are easy
In reply you will get a list of the next days visible pass's
- Print the listing. It contains, beside other informations,
the start and finish time of each pass, what is associated to a
cardinal point, to make it easier to determine the trajectory.
- Make sure your watch is accurate, up to seconds!
- To avoid forgeting, use the alarm-clock to alert you a couple
minutes before the beggining of each pass.
- Choose a place with good visibility, preferable without
any effect of artificial light.
- Locate the cardinal points (with a compass, if necessary).
- Imagine the trajectory the object will describe.
- A couple minutes before the predicted time, look steady to the
area where the object will become visible.
This phase is important to the human eye get used to darkness.
- Search for a constant moving dot (drawing an arch), that doesn't
shine (like a star or a planet), and don't blink (like an airplane).
- After see it, follow it until it fades. I bet that will impress
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