A few hours ago I saw something in the sky that I had never seen before. It looked exactly like a star, but it was moving. At first I thought it was an airplane, but it was moving too fast to be one. It was also too slow and lasting to be a shooting star. Now, I’m not the kind of person who goes ‘OMG Flying Saucer!’, so after it disappeared I went into Heavens Above and checked for what I thought it was.
It was the first time in my life I’ve seen a satellite flyby. It was the Okean, from Cazakhistan.
Living in a big city sucks when it comes to skygazing because the city lights outshine a lot of beautiful things. I just lucked that there was a satellite shining bright enough to overcome the light pollution.
Oh, and when I checked at Heavens Above I found a list of a dozen or so satellites which I’ll be able to see with binoculars in the next hours. Yay ^^
Ren, this could be interesting to observe under the right conditions (clear sky):
You might remember another encounter with Mars, about two years ago, on August 27, 2003. That was the closest in recorded history, by a whisker, and millions of people watched as the distance between Mars and Earth shrunk to 56 million km. This October’s encounter, at 69 million km, is similar. To casual observers, Mars will seem about as bright and beautiful in 2005 as it was in 2003.
Although closest approach is still months away, Mars is already conspicuous in the early morning. Before the sun comes up, it’s the brightest object in the eastern sky, really eye-catching. If you have a telescope, even a small one, point it at Mars. You can see the bright icy South Polar Cap and strange dark markings on the planet’s surface. http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/050708_mars_hoax.html
Whomever created that hoax in that link is too stupid to be true. Mars Attacks is closer to reality than that. As for the real thing, in the quote: yay ^^ I’m going to an observatory by that time. Thank you very much for the info!