I am not much of a morning person, but tomorrow morning - that's Wednesday the 7th there is a shuttle +ISS pass over the Pasadena area.  The two spacecraft will be visible in the same part of the sky as the bright comet 17P/Holmes in Perseus. That should make a very pretty picture.  (if it is foggy, well, then I am sure someone will have a very pretty picture of this lineup)  A friend here at work drove up CA Route 2, just a couple miles up got him above the fog this morning, where he snapped a photo of the shuttle and International Space Station.  Then he emailed it to one of the astronauts aboard the shuttle today.

Here is the chart  http://www.heavens-above.com/PassDetails.asp?Session=kebgcaianecpbahhnoafgbog&satid=25544&date=39393.5470363773

Here are the details: Look to the North East at 5:00 a.m. (not P. M.)  - this allows a few minutes to get oriented.   It's a short pass just 3 minutes from 5:07 to 5:10 a.m. The two spacecraft travel from NW to NNE 33 degrees above the horizon.  Then you should take a look at the planetary lineup.  Strung along the ecliptic will be (starting from the Eastern horizon:  Mercury, the moon, Venus, Saturn and Mars (almost overhead).  Now that's what I call a lineup!

Date: Wednesday, 07 November, 2007
Observer's Location: Pasadena ( 34.1480N, 118.1440W)
Local Time: Pacific Standard Time (GMT - 8:00)
Leaves shadow 05:07:38  33 degrees above horizon
Maximum altitude 05:07:44  33 degrees above horizon
Drops below 10 altitude 05:10:24
Sets 05:12:30

There is another pass at 5:30 a.m. on the 8th, but it only is 12 degrees above the horizon. http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?satid=25544&Session=kebgcaianecpbahhnoafgbog


Jane Houston Jones
Senior Outreach Specialist, Cassini Program
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