The ISS and the Winter Diamond

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The ISS and the Winter Diamond
Posted by DaveMitsky on Monday, February 10, 2014 2:47 AM

On Friday evening, I walked to a spot with the best western horizon in my neighborhood to try to catch a glimpse of Mercury before it disappears into the glare of the Sun.  I wasn't able to spot Mercury but I did witness a fine magnitude -3.4 pass of the ISS a bit later.  It almost reached the zenith, attaining a maximum altitude of 88 degrees at 7:01 p.m. EST, and came quite close to Capella.

The Winter Diamond consisting of Jupiter and the stars of the Winter Triangle (Betelgeuse, Procyon, and Sirius) mentioned in the article at was quite striking. 

Dave Mitsky

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