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PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2011 2:23 pm 
What would be good lens and shutterspeed etc to get a picture of this thing, and how many of us will try to get it tomorrow night?


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I might give it a go, if anyone knows where it will be visible from and when! And its adequately cloud free.

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Given the experts at NASA still haven't worked out where it's going to fall out of the sky, I thought I'd have a little stab at a part of it. Where would it be if it continued on its existing orbit?

Found a website with current positions and recent orbital path. From that it is winding its way westwards with each cycle and it will pass somewhere UK/NW Europe-ish in 3 or 4 orbits. Assuming it's still in the sky then. Its low enough as it is so wont be visible unless you are fairly close to its path.

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On a serious side from me, I was out in my garden 2 nights ago 9-9.30pm and I saw something fly over my house at very fast speed, I thought it was a Barn Owl at first, but it just glided and no flapping, no noise of anykind, no beating of the wings, but boy was shifting. It was going south to north and only visable for 2-3 seconds, and patchy clouds about, It was so stange I told the wife, I can't swear what it was. I only heard about it this morning on the news.


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I thought it was a Barn Owl at first, but it just glided and no flapping, no noise of anykind, no beating of the wings, but boy was shifting


Sounds more like a bag of crisps blowing in the wind. :lol:

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BBC news now reports that "The British Kettering Group of amateur satellite observers" calculate it may fall between midnight and 16:00 BST. So unless there is more definite info to say it's a sane time this evening/tonight I'm not going to try, as I think it'll be too far west for a decent chance overnight.

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Jk, Love it :lol:


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popo, Its overcast here in the Southwest can't see jack---- :(


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Nasa says it won't hit America, says re-enter after 23:00 GMT Friday, and as late as 03:00 GMT on Saturday

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/200815.html


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I kept refreshing the tracking webpage and it only came up just AFTER the sat passed over the south of UK. The next pass will be further north so less easily visible from south if at all. Besides, with the sun down now I'm not sure there'll be anything to see anyway even if the cloud wasn't there.

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Nasa has warned people not to touch any pieces of the spacecraft that may survive the re-entry.

"I've seen some things that have re-entered and they tend to have sharp edges, so there's a little concern that they might hurt themselves if they try to pick them up," said Dr. Matney. :lol:

According to the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, the US government retains ownership of the debris and has the right to take possession of any items found on the ground. :roll:


Not if I find any! :wink: 8)

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It's not that far off bedtime so unless it comes down soon, it'll have to hit my house for me to find it!

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I have an Ebay account. :roll:


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Did anybody catch it?

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I looked outside and there was almost clear sky's fantastic with all the stars @ 11pm by 11:40pm no stars 12.15am heading indoors :( :( :( :(


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