Saturday, 30 January 2010


I saw a very bright satellite this morning.  It was easily the brightest I have seen.  It was about 4:30am and I was outside staring up at the sky (as is my wont) and I first saw it from the corner of my eye due to the light.  It passed over heading vaguely north and I watched it for its entire crossing of the arc.

I looked it up on REAL TIME SATELLITE TRACKING  and it was the ISS (ZARYA) - or from memory it was.  I neglected to write it down.  I'm no anorak wearing satellite spotter!

I was in my dressing gown. 

The other morning I had my telescope out for the first time in ages.  I had it pointed at Mars and stared at its disc for sometime thinking, "Wow! I wish I had a better telescope!".