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Amateur Astronomy.

Discussion in 'Physical & Life Sciences' started by Deamiter, Aug 30, 2004.

  1. AV1611VET

    AV1611VET SCIENCE CAN TAKE A HIKE Supporter It's My Birthday!

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    Can satellites be seen with the naked eye?
     
  2. Nathan Poe

    Nathan Poe Well-Known Member

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    The Moon can. :)
     
  3. Mr. Pedantic

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    If you mean artificial satellites, yes. The ISS is depending on light conditions, and so was MIR.

    For more details:

    Heavens-Above Home Page
     
  4. USincognito

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    Yep, that's the site I mentioned. This ISS is the most visible, but there are usually dozens a night that can be seen most falling between 1.0 and 4.0 in magnitude. Depending in your Bortle Darkness number, you might be able to see all of them. They also track Iridium flares that are pretty cool because they're bright (up to -8.0 magnitude) and, unlike meteors, you know when and where to look. :cool: