Sunday, August 19, 2012

colors of summer + a rare satellite bird



the new photo friday theme is: Summer Colors.

red blue pink yellow azur
i thought.
and went looking for this sun reflection photo.

& a sky moment from last night: it’s a weekend of high temperatures here in Germany, today maybe a record 40° centigrade. we sat outside yesterday evening, watching stars and trying to spot satellites. there was a smaller one crossing, and following its course, i said: “i wish ISS (the international space station) would pass through one of these days again”.

5 minutes later, it appeared. if you once seen ISS, you recognize it – it’s much larger and brighter than all the other satellites. we checked with a sat-app. and yes: ISS. it was like spotting a rare bird. so good.

i just looked for a video and found this timelapse: International Space Station Flyby

PS: there's also a webpage that lets you calculate your local passing times of ISS and satellites, and that gives the current position of ISS: Heavens above  (you need to register with your local coordinates for the site to calculate your local crossings.)

3 comments:

Paul Hafalla said...

Your post is great to read. I was wondering why people have different colors of life but still I participated.

Dorothee Lang said...

it's so interesting to see all the different colors and angles that come up in photo friday for each theme.

Parmanu said...

This bit about ISS is fascinating. I didn't know we could see it in this fashion, calculating its position and planning the sighting. Thank you!