First, yay, 200 followers, thanks for following guys. I really hope you all have been enjoying what I've been writing of the past month. There are no plans to quit.
So last night, Tuesday night that is, the International Space Station (ISS) and Space Shuttle Discovery raced over head through the night sky for a few brief moments. I wish I had had enough warning about it to post something on the blog to get people to check it out where available. Anyways, I went out and watched them both speed across the sky. They were easily the brightest things in the night sky besides the small sliver of the growing moon. I didn't get pictures, but some one from the Harford County Astronomical Society did, check it out:
It's was a beautiful sight, but a somber moment realizing this was the last time these two would share the skies together again. Discovery landed around noon today, 12 PM EST, and officially Earth-bound. However, the ISS tends to fly over head rather often, and is always identifiable as this steady moving bright light across the sky. I wouldn't be surprised if some people thought it was a UFO. Anyways, you can check out on sighting opportunities where you live using this NASA web page.
Another cool picture taken is of the space shuttle rolling. To explain this picture, you've seen pictures of the dark underbelly of the shuttles, right? Well, it doesn't tend to reflect as much light, so as the shuttle rolls, and this dark region points towards the ground, there appears a little blip in the bright trace of the shuttle across the sky. I think its just a kind of neat little thing to see.
In some personal news, which I've been trying to keep to a minimum, I'm going to be rather busy the next couple days. I have company here for the weekend and on Saturday night I am going to be at the HCAS open house, doing what I do best. So if I miss updating one day, nothing to worry about. Also, in more exciting news, next weekend I am going to the Thrill of Discovery Educator Workshop at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, run by NASA. After that, I intend to thoroughly enjoy some St. Patrick's Day spirit. So I might be AWOL next weekend too.