> Thanks drew --
> but, to take a "devil's advocate" position on what
> you've just said about the Int'l Space Station --
> I too see "satellites" up there, going across the
> sky (and sometimes the very "bright satellite"
> which I'm told is the Int'l Space Stn)
> but can I verify that what I'm seeing is a
> satellite orbiting our globe?
> Even with a telescope I personally don't know how
> I can say for certain what those things are
> that are occasionally crossing the sky "from
> horizon to horizon," as you say.
> Also, how do you know it was one
> International Space Station making "two laps"
> across your sky, and not two
> similar-looking or even identical-looking things,
> one following the other along the same track?
> I've tried to list things that people can observe
> themselves as much as possible, without having to
> "take it on authority" (just in case they are very
> skeptical). I'm still not sure I can identify what
> a satellite or a space station is "for myself,"
> without having to "take that on authority" or
> "take your word for it."
> I'm open to ways that we can be sure that
> thing is the Int'l Space Station "taking two laps"
> (not saying that I don't think that it is -- just
> saying a skeptic on the subject might ask that, or
> wonder that)
You can always check the times of the passes of the Space Station that are visible from your area, by checking on any of the 'view the ISS' sites that astronomers have set up.
Here's one: [www.n2yo.com]
I mention these sites because they're not set up by the usual 'authorities' that the flatties distrust, i.e. NASA. The calculations are made with a globe-shaped earth in mind, and they're always accurate to the second, let alone the minute. They're independent sites, so there should be no risk of bias....though with the mindset of those who are determined the earth is flat, there's no guarantee of that!