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3 weeks 5 days ago - 3 weeks 5 days ago #106612 by michael_murphy
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According to CalSky there will be an ISS transit of the Sun visible from south Dublin on Monday 1st May at 9:42.

Details here .

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3 weeks 5 days ago #106613 by Kinch
Kinch replied the topic: ISS Transit of the Sun on Monday AM
Michael.....surely you're not suggesting people should get up early on the Bank Holiday Monday :-)

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3 weeks 4 days ago #106614 by flt158
flt158 replied the topic: ISS Transit of the Sun on Monday AM
I strongly recommend observing this rare event if at all possible.
The last time the ISS transited the Sun was on Saturday 15th September 2013 at 10.45 am.
It is a highly good idea to use a telescope rather than binoculars on this occasion.
Of course, solar filters or image projection are excellent to use.
Last time, I did the latter and with a large sheet of an A2 white paper pad, I could easily see the solar panels on the spacecraft for that vital short second. The image was very large because the pad was some distance away from the eyepiece. I used a 28 mm RKE eyepiece which worked out very good indeed. It was quite easy to focus beforehand on my William Optics apochromatic refractor. An extension tube was fitted between the focuser and the eyepiece.
It turned out that it was my 2nd favourite spectacle of 2013 after the Total Solar Eclipse in November.

My one question is regarding the time: is 9.42 am the actual time? Or do we adjust it to Irish Summer Time?
I will have to check that one out over the next few days.
My deepest thanks to Michael for highlighting the event.

Clear skies,

Aubrey.
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3 weeks 4 days ago - 3 weeks 4 days ago #106615 by michael_murphy
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Hi Aubrey,

The times are local i.e. Summer time.

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3 weeks 3 days ago #106616 by flt158
flt158 replied the topic: ISS Transit of the Sun on Monday AM
Thank you for that, Michael.
That is very much what is suggested at the very bottom of the Cal Sky link.
Now all we need is a nice sunny Monday morning.

Aubrey.

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3 weeks 20 hours ago #106617 by flt158
flt158 replied the topic: ISS Transit of the Sun on Monday AM
It is sad to say that there was no blue sky to see the transit.
I went swimming instead.
Of course while I was doing that, the Sun was shining.
Please do inform us, Michael, if the ISS should do it again.

Aubrey.
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