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18 Jan 2015   #101
Kari

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I like the ISS Tracker App, have it on Windows 8.1 and 10 and on Windows Phone:
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ISS Tracker in Windows Store: ISS Tracker app for Windows in the Windows Store
ISS Tracker in Windows Phone Store: ISS Tracker | Windows Phone Apps+Games Store


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18 Jan 2015   #102
Layback Bear

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It's very strange to me.
They can find Beagle 2 on Mars and still can't find Jimmy Hoffa here on Earth.
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18 Jan 2015   #103
Anak

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I have those two plus, in no particular order:
#1 Astronomical and Space Calendar - CalSky

Spaceweather.com's Simple Satellite Tracker: International Space Station, spy satellites, Hubble Space Telescope

Current position of the ISS

https://www.space-track.org/auth/login

LIVE REAL TIME SATELLITE TRACKING AND PREDICTIONS:

Space-Track needs registration (free), and some planetarium software like Stellarium and Celestia offer tracking, but I always come back to: Heavens-Above I believe it's because it shows two views of its tracking; astronomical and ground tracking and it's the first one I started with.

information   Information
For first time users:
  • When using any of these trackers make sure you configure your location first, it will give better results in the timing of the fly-overs.
  • Depending on your line of sight to the horizon you will soon notice and adjust to what point in degrees of elevation above the horizon that you will be able to initially spot the object your tracking. With most objects and a clear, level sight-line the object will be visible at approximately 10 above the horizon. In my area with many trees, rolling hills and Blue Mountain a mile away I need at least 20.
  • After using a tracker of your choice you will notice the initial contact compass heading of the ISS is regular and you can use local landmarks to help with spotting it.

May you have Clear Skies!
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18 Jan 2015   #104
Anak

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
It's very strange to me.
Then can find Beagle 2 on Mars and still can't find Jimmy Hoffa here on Earth.
Some things are left to the mysteries of the Universe.

May you have Clear Skies!
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21 Jan 2015   #105
z3r010

 

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21 Jan 2015   #106
Kari

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22 Jan 2015   #107
Anak

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Quote:
An asteroid, designated 2004 BL86, will safely pass about three times the distance of Earth to the moon on January 26. From its reflected brightness, astronomers estimate that the asteroid is about a third of a mile (0.5 kilometers) in size. The flyby of 2004 BL86 will be the closest by any known space rock this large until asteroid 1999 AN10 flies past Earth in 2027.

Source with animation links: JPL | News | Asteroid to Fly By Earth Safely on January 26
Clear Skies!
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26 Jan 2015   #108
Anak

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by anak View Post
Quote:
an asteroid, designated 2004 bl86, will safely pass about three times the distance of earth to the moon on january 26. From its reflected brightness, astronomers estimate that the asteroid is about a third of a mile (0.5 kilometers) in size. The flyby of 2004 bl86 will be the closest by any known space rock this large until asteroid 1999 an10 flies past earth in 2027.

Source with animation links: jpl | news | asteroid to fly by earth safely on january 26
clear skies!

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asteroid 2004 bl86 will pass incredibly close, around 745,000 miles, to earth and stargazers can watch the close approach with the aid of binoculars or a telescope while slooh will team up for a live stream. The asteroid is a third of a mile in size and will not pass so close to earth for another 200 years. The asteroid's close approach live stream begins at 11 a.m. Est monday.

Source with added links to view online: Asteroid 2004 BL86 Close Approach Live Stream: Watch It Pass 745,000 Miles From Earth, Viewing Tips

That would be 4pm UTC....
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29 Jan 2015   #109
Anak

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Delta ll launch from Vandenberg AFB CA

SMAP Launch at 9:20am est (14:20 UTC) - January 29, 2015
Quote:
Learning from Soil Moisture

SMAP will produce global maps of soil moisture, which will help improve our understanding of Earth's water and carbon cycles and our ability to manage water resources. how it works

Live Video streaming by Ustream

Related:
All systems ‘go’ for Delta 2 rocket launch of SMAP | Spaceflight Now
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29 Jan 2015   #110
Anak

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Launch scrubbed processing now for 24hour turnaround. https://twitter.com/nasasmap

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