Saturday, May 28, 2016

I Was Lucky To See the International Space Station

The International Space Station (ISS) is one of the world's marvels. Orbiting the earth at an incredible speed of 27,600 km/h, this huge artificial satellite is only outranked in brightness by the sun and the moon.

This coupled with its huge size and close vicinity to the earth makes viewing the International Space Station without a telescope - even at night - possible.


I can testify to that fact after getting a rare opportunity to view it on 26th May, 2016 at exactly 7:04 pm.

Like a star coming from out of the blues, it graced our sky for no more than a few seconds and then vanished to only God - and the scientists behind the experiment -  knows where.

I tried to catch a shot of this marvel but my camera was so feeble to get a good one. Anyway half a loaf is better than none. All I can hope for is that I manage to get a good shot the next time the ISS passes over our country.

See the photo below:


Updates

Friday June 24, 2016: Spot the international space station at 7;35 PM.

5 comments:

  1. I also saw it passing over Kisumu city. It is indeed a very bright, albeit seemingly small object.

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  2. Do you need goggles to view the international space station like you would for an eclipse?

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    1. No, it is perfectly safe to view it even with your bare eyes.

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  3. I am from Nanyuki and I wonder if the people here saw it.

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  4. As far as I know it, everyone in Kenya had a chance to spot the international space station regardless of their location. My friend in Kisumu saw it and he says that his cousin in Nakuru also spotted it.

    The ISS will be spotted in the Kenyan sky today June 24, 2016 at 7:35 PM so be on the lookout.

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