All pictures are (C)2007, 2008, 2009 by T. Cools.
ISS and Space shuttle Transit Predictions.
I won't do any satellite predictions here anymore. You can go here for your personal satellite predictions: http://www.heavens-above.com/
September 12 2009: Left: HTV 1 photographed
Right: Japanese H2B upper stage(2009-048B/35818) floating around close to decay.(predicted for December 14 2009). Hight above surface Earth is only about 200km.
Photographed at 19:09UTC.
September 10 2009: The Japanese Module HTV 1 on its way to ISS. It is entering Earth's shadow at 19:50UTC. 2009-048A/35817.
August 29 2009:
Left: Some 22 minutes after launch of STS128 Discovery, the Orbiter with
the External tank could be seen over Belgium at 04:21UTC.
The orange trail is the external tank. It would not survive another orbit. It reentered the Earth's atmosphere soon after. Discovery went further for a mission to ISS.
Right: YouTube Movie with flight of STS 128 Discovery and External Tank over Belgium.
March 13 2008: Left: ATV 1 08-08A/32686
at 04:25UTC over Belgium reaching mag 0.
Right: ISS with STS 123 Endeavour already docked, this pass was the brightes I have ever seen mag -6 to -8 at 04: 49UTC, only an hour after Endeavour docked with ISS. I saw the crew entering the space station on Nasa television some minutes later.
The passing bright dot didn't look like a round dot but more like a 'slash'.
ISS and STS122 transit on February 11, 2008 at 18:57UTC. Somewhere near the town of Roeselare there was a transit over the Moon which was seen by a group of satellite observers from Bruges, Belgium.
Above: 3 pictures of the transit from ISS and STS122 on February 10 2008 at 18:38 UTC.During culmination ISS/STS122 reached at least mag -4. Going into the Earth's shadow it changed colours again comming from the orange solar arrays.
Left: STS122(08005A/32486) Atlantis underway
to ISS on February 8 2008 passing at 18:20 UTC.
Right: one hour after they have docked, ISS and STS122 Atlantis on February 9 2008 at 18:16 UTC.
ISS(98067A) and STS118 Endeavour(07035A) on August 12 2007 at 2106UTC.
ISS(98067A) and STS118 Endeavour(07035A) docked together and passing over Belgium in twilight at 20:21UTC on August 10 2007
ISS(98067A) on August 5 2007 at 21h38m UTC.
Left: ISS(98067A/25544) . Right: CZ-2C rocket body (04012C/28222) both on May 1 2006
Unknown satellite traveling through UMA
in the direction of UMI on April 30 2006 at around 20:45UTC.
It was not flaring but the satellite had a varying period of about 1 minute(guess) from mag +3.5 to mag +1.5.
Identified by Russell Eberst as USA129, KH11-11(1996-72A/24680). Thanks Russell !
Left Picture of ISS transit on April 30
2006 at 20:47 UTC. The other satellite crossing its path is Kosmos
Right: Satspy Sky Chart with the two satellites crossing beeing the West-East one ISS(98-67A/25544) and the one which is
crossing Corona Borealis Kosmos 1220(80089A-12054)
(click to see them on a larger scale)
ISS on November 6 2002.
This is the picture I presented to Frank De Winne, Soyuz TMA1 flight engineer at the
flight memorial reception in Sint Truiden, Belgium on November 13, 2002.
In fact I have taken several pictures on 2 clear days with Frank De Winne on board ISS.
I intend to put them all on this page.
Here below you will find a 'Satspy' drawing of the passage. The picture is located in the constellation of Canis Minor with the bright star beeing Procyon. Orion is not visible on the picture.(clich to enlarge)
on September 29, 2002
Noss 2-02 photographed in the constellation of Andromeda around 19h57m
UTC at Bruges, Belgium.(Damse Vaart)
on September 29, 2002.
Location: 51.2277deg N and 3.2478degE.
Due to heavy winds, slight movement of the trails and stars are visible
but not really disturbing.
The satellites were visible with the naked eye and reached a magnitude of about +2.
The bright star in the center is phi And where 91076E is just passing close by.
Here are the tle's:
NOSS 2-2 (C) 3.0 2.0 0.0 5.7 v 5
Comparison chart made by Rob Matson's Skymap(click twice for bigger resolution):
ISS and STS 108 Endeavour prior to docking
on Friday December 7 2001 at 16h49m UTC over Belgium, Europe.
Endeavour docked with ISS the same day at 20h03m UTC. ISS, which is the brightest object, is leading Endeavour.
This passage has been photographed with a 135mm lens on a 'not very stable' tripod. Both objects were only some 10 degrees above the horizon.
Two tracks with the upper track beeing STS99
Endeavour and the lower track the external tank already separated.
Both objects were seen some 20 minutes after launch over Belgium. Large clouds of residual propellant venting was observed. This explanes why the lower track is unsharp and irregular.
Bright mag -8 flare from Iridium 15(1997-34A/24869).
Photographed on 21 October 1997.
Predicted transit of Kosmos 1313(1995-28A/23596)
close to Comet C/1996 B2 Hyakutake in constellation Umi.
March 27 1996.
Meteor 1-6, February 4 1996 in Cas at 434 km altitude.
78096a.jpg Tiros 11, March 23 1995 in UMA, two flashes visible.
79099a.jpg Kosmos 1154, March 1 1995 near Gamma Cas at 498 km altitude.
82033a1.jpg Salyut 7 in Leo on May 16 1990.
82033a2.jpg Salyut 7 with other satellite in Bootes on May 16 1990.
82033a3.jpg Salyut 7 in Bootes on May 18 1990.
82033a4.jpg Salyut 7 in UMA on May 14 1990.
82033a5.jpg Salyut 7 on January 18 1991.
82033a6.jpg Salyut 7 on January 18 1991, last picture before it burned up in the atmosphere on Feb 7 1991.
84122a.jpg USA6/KH11-6, April 17 1990.
86017a1.jpg Mir in UMA on May 18 1990.
86017a2.jpg Mir in Taurus on January 18 1991.
86017a3.jpg Mir in UMA on May 8 1992.
86017a4.jpg Mir with 91050F(Ariane 40 third stage ERS 1) on April 27 1993.
86017a5.jpg Mir on June 21 1993.
86017a6.jpg Mir with Progress M24 on August 27 1994.
86017a7.jpg Mir with Progress M24 on August 27 1994.
86017a8.jpg Mir with Progress M24 on August 27 1994 at an altitude of 410 km.
86017a9.jpg Mir with Progress M24 on August 27 1994 at an altitude of 410 km.
86017a10.jpg Mir with Progress M24 on August 30 1994 at an altitude of 410 km.
86017a11.jpg Mir with STS76 Atlantis on March 29 1996.
86017a12.jpg Mir with STS76 Atlantis on March 29 1996.
86017a13.jpg Mir with Progress M32(96043A), August 18 1996 in Lyra.
86017a14.jpg Mir with STS79 Atlantis at an altitude of 395 km.
86017a15.jpg Mir with Progress M40(98062A), the failed Znamya 2 experiment on February 4 1999.
86019aa.jpg Ariane 1 debris Spot 1, flashing on March 26 1993 in UMI.
87011a.jpg Kosmos 1818 a Topaz reactor flashing on October 28 1994 at an altitude of 814 km in Cas.
88039b.jpg J1 Zenit Kosmos 1943(bright) with A1 Vostok Meteor 1-07(71003B).
88106b.jpg USA34/Lacrosse 1 on August 3 1994 at 674 km altitude.
89089a1.jpg Cobe flashing in the constellation of Pegasus on November 23 1992.
89089a2.jpg Cobe flashing in Cas on November 23 1992.
90046b.jpg J1 Zenit Kosmos 2082 on July 26 1992 in Draco
90055a.jpg Glint from Kosmos 2084 in Lyra. July 22 1992.
90105a.jpg DMSP 2-05/USA 68. Two bright flares on May 1 1994.
91017a.jpg Lacrosse 2 on October 21 1997 at a height of 681km.
91024a.jpg Almaz 1, the Russian radar imaging satellite in Hercules on May 4 1992.
91063b.jpg UARS at 589km on August 28 1994.
91076bcd.jpg Noss 2-02 triangle on October 9 1995.
9176bcd2.jpg Noss 2-02 triangle on October 9 1995.
Bjoern Gimle made an interesting simulation here: NOSSSIMM
92007b.jpg H1 Fujo/Jers on July 22 1992. Decayed on February 28 1995.
94074b.jpg J1 Zenit Resurs 1-01 at 676 km close to beta Uma on April 2 1995. The rocket travels from
right to left and the transformation from steady to flashing is clearly visible.
94074b2.jpg Same passage as 94074b.jpg but now nicely flashing. The bright star is Polaris.