One of our activities is, and has been for quite a while (since living in California) watching the International Space Station fly over when visible. Last Sunday night’s pass was quite a treat in that it had nearly everything going for it: cloudless skies, convenient timing and an almost direct overhead pass.
In the image above, you can see the ground track of the ISS as it passed over the Southwestern US. The maximum predicted elevation for this particular pass was 88° which barely missed our exact location to the southeast, but watching the fly-over, one could not perceive any difference from a direct overhead pass. Image credit Heavens Above.
Another attribute that is not always the case during a pass is that the ISS remained sunlit during the entire pass. We live in a slight hollow below surrounding terrain and saw the ISS rise in the southwest above some local hills and it few over us and set in the northeast behind some other terrain. We always enjoy watching the ISS and other satellites flying over, but this one was unusually spectacular.
Glad to see you both are still blogging away!!!
I was going through my archives [[fix4rso.com]] and remembered we shared similar backgrounds (avionics: you USN and me USAF) and EE / software. Thought I’d drop you a note for fun! 🙂
I’ll be launching my new Substack space soon — I got the bug to write again… anyway…
Have a great day, Cap’n Bob & the Damsel !!!!!!! 🙂
Hey Steve! We’re glad to hear from you again.
Yep – we had all that in common, but now we’re retired and all that stuff seems in the distant past.
We blog here and at the old CapnBob.us site from time to time. Our other Wandering Minstrel site bit the dust several years ago.
We’re still in it for God and country!