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 http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/ataglance was quite striking. 

Dave Mitsky

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A man is a small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.

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