Looking Up Into Space

Last night at 8:46 PM I looked into the sky and to the south-southwest appeared a brilliant small moving light. It was the International Space Station. It moved overhead to the northeast and in six minutes was gone. I have signed up for an email update of when the station is passes overhead during the evening hours. It is called Spot The Station.

I find great pleasure is watching something larger than a football stadium passing so far above me. How majestic it always appears. Some nights I lay on the ground and get the perspective of its passing from start to finish without having to move. Other nights I watch it and follow it on my Night Sky app on my iphone.

When I was 11 years old, in 1960, I stood in our driveway and watched for the passing of
Echo. This was basically a metal ball that was America's first communication satellite. I was amazed than as I am today that I can watch something so far off in space. It broadened my view of the world.

Once, I had a science class in school, they said light never goes away. So occasionally, and still today, if I am out at night I take my spot light and point it to the sky and send a beam if light that will always be there.
I am unsure if this is true, but it makes me feel good to do it