Patrick McCray tells to story of the Moonwatch program: Amateur astronomers can now follow the progress of construction on the International Space Stationwhich is already one of the brightest objects in the nightsky. Fixed Pointing This is just pointing the instrument in a fixed direction and taking pictures during the short moment the satellite is in the field of view. You are commenting using your Facebook account. The flares occur when sunlight reflects off the Main Antenna.
South Africa has always been a location of importance to the satellite tracking community on account of it being in the southern hemisphere and also under the flight path of many satellites during the first few hours in orbit.
Genesis-1 has been labeled object by the U. With a waxing Moon this week and early next, we've got less-than-ideal conditions for tracking fainter satellites. This first pass, and the others that follow, will be a few minutes long at most for LEO satellites. Ground track of the ISS. The public enjoys spotting satellites.