ISS Sighting: Bethany, OK - Olathe, KS - Holland, MI - Ottawa, ON - site 2
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions
N 38° 54.082 W 094° 48.432
15S E 343288 N 4307383
Quick Description: 15 July 2020: vulture1957, iconions, theHostas & elyob
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 7/25/2020 12:33:51 PM
Waymark Code: WM12WBY
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Max and 99
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Long Description:
15 July 2020 at 21:49:19 CDST the ISS reached an altitude of 87° and a magnitude of -3.8 over Bethany, Oklahoma.

At 21:50:22 CDST it reached an altitude of 71° and a magnitude of -3.9 over Olathe, Kansas, 291 miles from Bethany.

At 22:52:25 EDST it reached an altitude of 86° and a magnitude of -3.9 over Holland, Michigan, 568 miles from Olathe.

At 22:54:28 EDST it reached an altitude of 70° and a magnitude of -3.5 over Ottawa, 568 miles from Holland.
Distances were figured via Google Earth.

This series of observations began in Bethany, Oklahoma, at 21:48CDST by vulture1957. The report was clear skies and no issues watching the pass from SW to NE until 21:53CDST when the track was lost in the NE haze.
I also picked up the Space Station at 21:48CDST and was able to follow until 21:53CDST. My full report is below.
A report from theHostas in Holland Michigan has not come in as of yet.
Our last observer was elyob in Ottawa, Ontario. The report was thin clouds. This site was able to follow the station for over six minutes.

Both vulture1957 and I (iconions) spotted the Space Station at basically the exact same time (21:48CDST) and lost contact at the same time (21:53CDST), even though I am almost 300 miles northeast. At approximately 17150 mph, the Space Station traveled approximately 1430 miles in those 5 minutes.
elyob doesn't state when the observation started in Ottawa, Ontario. Given the length of time of the observation, elyob may well have picked up the Space Station at 22:52EDST, just a minute before the Bethany and Olathe observers lost contact and kept contact until 22:58EDST. This means that the Space Station was in continuous observation on this pass from somewhere over close to Snyder, Texas all the way somewhere over the Gulf of Saint Lawrence near Newfoundland. This would be 10 minutes of observation time and approximately 2800 miles of distance as the crow (or Space Station) flies per Google Earth.

I was able to convince my adult daughter to come out to watch the the pass. I picked up (okay, actually daughter picked up the pass of ) the Space Station at 21:48 first. We had thunderstorms in the area earlier in the day, but the viewing was perfect - cloud cover was non-existant. We were able to follow the station until 21:53 when it finally disappeared in clouds and haze on the horizon. All in all, this was a great pass and a great bonding opportunity with the offspring unit. That doesn't happen too often anymore!

Posted coordinates were from my front yard at the street.
Weather Conditions were clear - 82 degrees F Wind at 7 mph from the SW.

Thanks again to my other partners in crime on this pass - vulture1957, theHostas & elyob!!!
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