Category: Xtra Astronomy Stuff

Hoping for a cloudless night

Found a neat website that allows you to track the current location of the International Space Station and see what it’s view of the earth might be like.
iss.astroviewer.net
Also, you can find out when you can actually see the ISS overhead by plugging in your current location on NASA’s website.
index.html
Just go to the blue “connect to mission” box on the lower left and click the orange “station sightings” button.
There should be a 2 minute window tonight and a 4 minute window tomorrow night when we can see the ISS cross over Kona. Unfortunately we’ve had a lot of patchy clouds lately, which makes for some great sunsets, but not very good star-gazing.

Venus Transit of the Sun

At NOAA’s Venus Transit viewing site

School doesn’t start until Sep.4 but I wanted to include a field trip in this blog that we took at the beginning of the summer to the Natural Energy Lab here in Kona. On June 5 they set up a viewing station where people could safely view the transit of Venus across the face of the Sun. There were special telescopes to look through and NOAA was handing out nifty little viewing glasses which we took home to view the rest of the transit through. Seeing that tiny spec of a planet dwarfed by that huge glowing orb really helped put some perspective on our own planet’s size in relation to the sun. The next transit will be in 105 years! View NASA footage of transit here

One last look from our place