Event : Space Station Crosses Over the Moon Tonight

In about 20 hours from now, there will be a meeting between the ISS (International Space Station)  and the Moon which will take place over Sydney tonight.

If the forecast conditions for Sydney tonight of 100% cloud cover is incorrect, this may be something you will want to see if you live in Sydney..

At 8:07:22 pm tonight, the ISS will travel through the constellations of Scorpius, then Sagittarius and then at 8:08:47 pm will actually cross over the lunar disc before passing on through the constellation of Aquarius.

As I am skeptical that the weather be kind to us tonight, I have included a series of pictures below to show what should be happening tonight. You will see in the 3rd picture that the ISS is crossing over the Moon.

Note the 4 planets and the Moon are almost in alignment here as shown in the picture series. You will also see 4 other objects in the pictures. These are satellites which all but for Intelsat 604 have an apparent magnitude of less than +6. By accounts this should mean that they should be visible to the naked eye as we can see objects unaided as long as they have a magnitude below +6.

If the clouds allow, it will be interesting to see how accurate this is as I do not recall ever seeing 4 satellites in the sky at the same time, let alone at the same time as a space station is crossing over the face of the Moon.

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~ by sydneystargazers on October 26, 2009.

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