ISS Flyover

April 3rd, 2013 at 3:08 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

International Space Station  We have a great flyover of the International Space Station this (Weds.) morning at 5:45 AM.  Look to the WNW about 1/2 to 2/3rds of the way up from the horizon.  The ISS will suddenly appear as it comes out of the Earth’s shadow.   It’ll move directly overhead, then continue to the southeast.  You’ll be able to watch it until it almost gets to the horizon (the sun angle will be so great that it will fade a bit as it gets lower in the sky.  There are several more good viewing opportunities coming up, so look at the schedule here.   Here’s a link to a map that shows where the space station is right now (takes a little while to open the page). Here’s another tracking map with the position of the sun. The Space Station circles the globe about every 93 minutes. It’s about the size of a football field and flies about 220 miles above the ground, about the distance between Grand Rapids and Indianapolis. Check out www.spaceweather.com for details on auroras, the number of sunspots, asteroid approaches and more. Sky and Telescope’s Sky at a Glance will show you the current position of the moon and planets.  You can also get the latest on West Michigan astronomical events from the Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Assn. Thanks to Steve Schrier for finding these very cool high res. pics. of Planet Earth.

Also…record low temperatures in Hawaii:  62 Honolulu, 58 Lihue, 57 Kahului.

14 Responses to “ISS Flyover”

  1. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

    Nice Desktop Background of Planet Earth. Thk’s

  2. whatBillwantstosaybutcant says:

    Flyby was awesome. I would give it a solid -3 Bill.

  3. Nathan says:

    Hey Bill, when does the NWS start issuing frost and freeze advisories/warnings for west Michigan?

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      Not until the growing season starts…last year it started early and we had frost and freeze warnings in April…this year it will not be until the green up it may not be until May before that happens.
      Slimjim

  4. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    50 and sunny in Minneapolis today… perfect day for baseball. Wish the home opener was tomorrow – going to be close to 60. Go Tigers!

  5. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    It’s a sunny but still cool 39° here in Walker. It was cold last night had a low of 19° here. That was colder then the airport by several degrees. This was the coldest March since 2005 March of 2005 was a cold one with a mean temp of only 29.9 You would have to go back to 1996 to find a March colder then 1996 (28.4°) In case anyone was wondering as to how rest of the spring and summer came out after the past cold Marches. In 2005 April was warm but May was cold. June was warm July was average and August was above average. As for 1996 the rest of the spring was cold and summer was cooler then average for the most part. So how will the rest of spring and summer of 2013 turn out? Well time will tell.
    SlimJim

    1. fixxxer says:

      We go through this every year slim.

  6. big Daddy BC says:

    http://ossfoundation.us/projects/environment/global-warming/antarctic-ice-melt

    “Antarctica is melting, not growing. In fact the ice mass is dropping at an accelerating rate due to multiple factors including accelerated glacial ice calving rates. The loss of sea based ice allows the Antarctic ice to move faster towards the ocean resulting in an increased rate of loss of the Antarctic ice.”

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      Hogwash, Antarctic ice has been growing steadily for 25 years plus: http://arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/cryosphere/IMAGES/seaice.anomaly.antarctic.png It’s the exact opposite of what you guys expected: http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/snowfalls-are-now-just-a-thing-of-the-past-724017.html Look at snowfall in the Northern Hemipshere: http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/files/2013/02/Figure41.png

      German just announced that March was the coldest March for them in 130 years. Heckuva way to run a global warming disaster!

      1. fixxxer says:

        Hey big daddy. You sure know how to get bill all worked up.

      2. big Daddy BC says:

        He’s so incredibly foolish to think that people are going to believe his Antarctic sea ice hogwash. When they start airlifting it to Greenland, I’ll stop worrying. LOL

        “Antarctica is losing ice mass while gaining ice extent. This is a confusing point to some. There are a few keys that can help us understand what this means in the context of global warming.

        Land ice is different than sea ice. Antarctica is losing ice as illustrated below in the ice mass chart from the GRACE satellite.”
        http://ossfoundation.us/projects/environment/global-warming/antarctic-ice-melt

        1. big Daddy BC says:

          Not sure why you keep trying to replace melting glaciers with surface ice at the south pole, but I guess that’s you position. I’m just curious as to how you’re going to get it to where it needs to be.

          Have a look at this: http://www.ted.com/talks/james_balog_time_lapse_proof_of_extreme_ice_loss.html

          We’re losing ice everywhere except Antarctica’s winter ocean. Here’s an explanation as to why:

          http://ossfoundation.us/projects/environment/global-warming/antarctic-ice-melt

          “Antarctica is losing ice mass while gaining ice extent. This is a confusing point to some. There are a few keys that can help us understand what this means in the context of global warming.

          Land ice is different than sea ice. Antarctica is losing ice as illustrated below in the ice mass chart from the GRACE satellite.”

        2. Bill Steffen says:

          As I have shown…

          ice extent expanding rapidly in Antarctica: http://nsidc.org/data/seaice_index/images/daily_images/S_timeseries.png

          The ice extent was an all-time record last year and we had a record high minimum amount of ice this past summer in the Antarctic: http://wattsupwiththat.com/reference-pages/sea-ice-page/ and http://arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/cryosphere/IMAGES/seaice.recent.antarctic.png

          It’s been expanding consistently for 25 years: http://arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/cryosphere/IMAGES/seaice.anomaly.antarctic.png

          Note the links in this article: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/09/06/grace-under-fire/

          Peer-reviewed paper – large errors in GRACE data: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/07/20/graces-warts-new-peer-reviewed-paper-suggests-errors-and-adjustments-may-be-large/

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