you know the Space Station orbits the Earth
every 90 minutes?|
Parties have been an important part of the amateur astronomy
scene for some time. These events attract hundreds,
even thousands of enthusiasts, offering the chance to
see planets, seasonal constellations, deep sky objects
and the moon. They usually cater to the entire family
and often feature activities for the kids. Many events
are held every year all across the nation. Initially,
astronomy clubs intended to have their own local or
regional stargazing sessions, but now some of these
have reached such popularity that they attract crowds
from across the country and abroad.
don't have to wait for a major Star Party in your area
to view the wonders of the night sky. Why not throw
your own Star Party? And why not plan it on a night
that the International
Space Station is passing over your city? To look for upcoming sightings over your area, go to spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/sightings/ and use the SkyWatch applet or choose your country from the dropdown list on the left and navigate to your city's page.
Space Station can be seen with the unaided eye or through
binoculars, if the weather conditions are right. It
will appear as a steady white pinpoint of light moving
across the sky. You will need only telescopes at your
party to view other celestial objects in the sky.
SkyWatch shows first-time users when and where to
look to see the Space Station. For help with sightings
opportunities go to the Quick
the excitement of your party-goers when they look to
the sky and point out the Space Station flying overhead!