So at the last minute, I happened to float on back over to BadAstronomy, and Dr. BA had a new post up about seeing the International Space Station and the Space Shuttle in tandem with your nekkid eye.
I hurriedly posted about it, and then Kate and I got um… a little distracted, and almost missed it. We made it outside just in time, and my comment about that gave a few of you a chuckle, so I’m giving it its own post.
Alright, so we ran outside, and grabbed the 10 X 50 binoculars on the way out.
I’m pretty sure we caught them, but every damned body in the neighborhood had their porch lights on, Christmas lights, all that jazz (we left ours off until after), and had street lights and pine trees in the way.
They were low in the sky, to the NW, and really zooming. To my naked eye, they just looked like a dot of light, but in the binoculars you could make out two, next to each other.
It was hard to see well with the lights, and we were standing in the middle of the street out front for the least unobstructed view, so we had nothing to lean on to steady the binoculars.
10 X 50 binoculars are a little jumpy, if you don’t steady them on something.
The neighbors were all staring at us like we were Purple Octopus Aliens from Mars or something.
Perhaps we should have put our clothes back on before we ran out.
Hey, I told you we were distracted.