Stargazing and Space Sightings

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Orbiting Space Shuttles and the International Space Station are occasionally visible from Davis (Also comets on occasion). Another awesome thing to look for is Iridium flares! Davis is particularly fortunate to have low levels of light pollution, especially away from the campus and downtown, which makes spotting spacecraft easier. You can find a list of upcoming Space Shuttle and ISS observation times and locations for Davis at [WWW]"NASA's Human Space Flight page" or you can just tell heavens-above.com where you are on the globe and they will tell you when and where in the sky and at what intensity EVERYTHING man made will be seen from your current location

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One way to find a good spot for stargazing is to drive south on Mace Boulevard into the country roads. Sacramento will light up the eastern horizon and Davis is to the north, but you'll have good visibility for spotting dim objects in the majority of the sky. Another is the Gazebo in the arboretum, and another is in North D, but you have to crouch a bit into the toilet bowl to kill some of the ambient light.

StarTrails-2012-08-24-ISS-S-m.jpgInternational Space Station over Davis, CA. August 24 2012 ~9pm. Each dash of the ISS trail is 2.5 seconds interval or 12 miles. StarTrails-2012-08-16-S-m.jpgStar trails as seen from Davis Slide Hill Park. August 16 2012 (each dash of star trails is 5 minutes interval). StarTrails-2012-07-14-S-m.jpgStar trails as seen from Davis Arboretum with Iridium flare (left above trees), July 14 2012.

Past Events

May 20th, 2012

Davis experienced a near total eclipse. This event was extra interesting because the moon was toward the far end of its elliptical orbit, creating a ring-of-fire effect as it passed in front of the sun. The sky also got pretty dark, a few cats ran away, and some residents briefly stopped recycling. It was awesome!

June 5, 2012

Davisites were witnesses to a Transit of Venus. One could see the planet Venus passing in front of the sun. Perhaps not as cool as the eclipse, but still pretty darn cool!

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