China's prototype space station was highly visible

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China's prototype space station was highly visible

Unread post by Pete » Wed Oct 19, 2016 7:25 pm

Stepping out on the back deck to recycle noticed a very bright satellite (0 magnitude) at zenith and heading east. 6:53 PM EDT With some arm twisting, Cal Sky identified it as Tiagong-1, China's first manned (now abandoned) Earth satellite. Hoped it'd be Tiagong-2 (launched on Saturday) as the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft delivered 2 astronauts to it just a few hours ago.

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Re: China's prototype space station was highly visible

Unread post by Apollo XX » Thu Oct 20, 2016 9:26 am

I also had a chance satellite sighting last evening, but it was the ISS http://www.heavens-above.com/passdetail ... 974&type=V At just 35 minutes past sunset it was bright and long, in fact it never even faded before it got behind some trees in the SE.

There's another pretty good pass of Tiangong 1 this evening http://www.heavens-above.com/passdetail ... 184&type=V and a low but bright ISS pass just before it http://www.heavens-above.com/passdetail ... 736&type=V Tiangong 2 is currently an early morning object http://www.heavens-above.com/passdetail ... 575&type=V
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