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FineTuned
26-04-2008, 07:14 AM
This morning at just past 6.00 a.m., I watched in jaw-dropping AWE as the ISS made a magnificent pass almost overhead USJ, zooming pass the Moon and Jupiter, cutting a path through the clouds from the south-west and disappearing into the North East horizon.

It was unbelievably freaking HUGE!!!! My first view of this magnificent piece of International Technology after numerous failed attempts due to bad weather.

Wonder if anyone else saw it?

http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/5300/iss260408usjsx7.th.jpg (http://img521.imageshack.us/my.php?image=iss260408usjsx7.jpg)

twohands
26-04-2008, 09:30 AM
errr... what's an ISS?

FineTuned
26-04-2008, 09:55 AM
twohands, it's the International Space Station...you know the thingy that our Fed government paid USD20 million to send our Angkasawan to?

It usually makes its naked eye visible appearance over us at around 5.30 -7.00 am and then in the evenings 7.00 - 8.00 pm, but not everyday, of course.

Currently, with the European ATV (Automated Transfer Vehicle) docked to the ISS, the pair make a really amazing sight in the mornings when it happens to pass overhead. Words and photos cannot describe the hair raising feeling I got this morning when I finally sighted them. Brighter, bigger and faster than the airplanes flitting our skies!

pucman
26-04-2008, 10:32 AM
our Angkasawan to?



Correction !Space tourist.

Astronaut has much more knowlegdge and capabilities. ;)

pcyeoh
26-04-2008, 11:13 AM
I wonder whether the ISS is making a marketing trip to entice our government to quickly make a decision on our second ungk.....anchor... angke angka...... urgh.... space toursit lah. Easier to spell than that darn bahasa word. The way Fine Tuned describes it shows that the ISS upon flying over the Malaysia skies just behave like the male peacock. This is a real good marketing ploy. Luckily our Prime Minister is still sleeping. Well, at 6.00am I expect him to be asleep and not catching spider. Or else our friend will get wild idea and call Najib and said, "Najib, can you sokong me when I propose that we send our cendawan to space ...yawn...yawn....zzz..z.z.z.z..z

FineTuned
26-04-2008, 02:30 PM
pcyeoh, I'm sorry if I gave the impression that the ISS is currently making special appearances over Malaysia.

Actually, everyday, it goes over many countries many times. It's just that for us, and likewise, countries near the equator, the best time to be able to see it is just before dawn and just after dusk when it catches sunlight at a favourable angle. When it is overhead in broad daylight, we can't see it against the glare of the sky, and also during the deep night, it is hidden in the shadow of our planet.

As for our Angkasawan, I can only say that I am extremely envious of this lucky chap who got to make the rare trip to the ISS. Whether he was qualified or not, I am nobody to judge him.

But I think maybe for the next candidate, put him on the USD200K seat with Virgin Galactic (waiting list = 7000 ppl plus!) cukup lah. But only if absolutely necessary to send somebody up. :D

racheljansz
26-04-2008, 03:54 PM
Thanks for the picture and info.
I always point out to my little kid that big bright spot in the sky is the ISS. :o
Guess I was wrong all along.
By the way what's that big and very bright spot in the sky?
It is almost at geo sync directly above our head.
It is also about 3 times bigger then the next brightest non-blinking thing.

FineTuned
26-04-2008, 07:07 PM
By the way what's that big and very bright spot in the sky?
It is almost at geo sync directly above our head.
It is also about 3 times bigger then the next brightest non-blinking thing.
Now you got me scratching me head bald with that question. :D

There is nothing natural in the sky that's geo synced and at zenith.

Perhaps you are talking about our comsats - the Measats or Tiongsat? But I've never seen them that bright.....

But to hazard a guess....I'd say you saw Saturn. It is quite bright and distinct now. And it may look like it is geo synced because your eye cannot detect the minute movements it makes unless you observe it over long periods. If you watch it from dusk to dawn, you will see it rises and sets like the stars, the Sun and Moon.

FineTuned
19-05-2008, 10:16 AM
Just to let anyone interested, know that the ISS will be starting a series of visible flyovers for us in Malaysia this week.

Tonight's seeing will be quite good if the skies are not too heavily clouded up.

Starting at just after 8.02 pm, ISS will clear the horizon in the South South West, and head almost straight for the rising Full Moon. It will zoom above the Moon (nearest pass ~8.07.22 pm) and disappear into the earth's shadow in the East North East at 8.08 plus.

If you miss this tonight, fear not, for next Sunday Morning, there could be an even better appearance....

In any case, throughout this week, the ISS will be shooting pass our skies almost every night.

USJ27Resident
20-05-2008, 12:04 AM
Just to let anyone interested, know that the ISS will be starting a series of visible flyovers for us in Malaysia this week...

Quite interesting eh? this astronomy thingy.... :p but I guess nothing beats the passing afterburners streaks from a former premier going ballistic because he had to quit the party that he had formed AND registered after the old one got deregistered... :D