Three reddish objects made up a fine line at the southern skies, end of February 2021.
Betelgeuse – Aldebaran – Mars
– made up a wonderful trio to watch and to follow from my backyard or my Stellarium.
Backyard images taken with handheld Huawei mobile in auto mode.
The conjuction of Jupiter/Saturn, as seen from Rizoupoli – Athens, when the skies cleared, at last. The detailed screenshot with sattelites, from my software “Stellarium”.
Jupiter/Saturn with satellites, screenshot from my Stellarium
The third brightest object in the sky is the ISS – the International Space Station.
NASA has made a simple site that guides when to spot the ISS, depending on where on Earth you are located. Click on image below to find the guide.
You can see the station’s current position here.
Be sure to click the button “Snapshot” to open an extra map of the current ground area in a new window.
- The ISS is maintained in a nearly circular orbit with a minimum mean altitude of 330 km (205 mi) and a maximum of 410 km (255 mi), in the centre of the Thermosphere, at an inclination of 51.6 degrees to Earth’s equator.
- It travels at an average speed of 27,724 kilometres (17,227 mi) per hour, and completes 15.410 orbits per day
Read more about the ISS on Wikipedia
To make things a bit brighter now: this is a picture I shared on Facebook, it said:
“If Andromeda were brighter, this would be how it would look in our night sky”.
Quite nice indeed.