Poignant stardust central – we got our first International Space Station viewing today! A loves the stars, so popping out at 18.30 to see if we could spot one that looked very different today, I thought he may enjoy it despite the nip in the air.
He loved it, bang on time we watched it zoom across the skies from the west, our magical compass pointer being Abruzzo’s Corno Grande Mountain out towards our nearest coastline. At first A thought it was a plane, but soon realised it was a little different with the speed and how it magically vanished. He knows what rockets are so for tonight and for a little bit longer I think we’ll stick to calling it that, but I can’t wait for this to be a regular event with storytelling to match. Perhaps one day too, when A is a little older Mamma will also get to take photographs of it too following Shane Murphy’s great guide!
I’d signed up to Nasa’s Spot the Station Service just before Christmas to receive an email alert of when the International Space Station (ISI) would be passing across our postcode up to 12 hours in advance.
Time: Fri Feb 07 6:46 PM, Visible: 4 min, Max Height: 42 degrees, Appears: SSW, Disappears: ESE
In the email along with time they give the space station’s compass point directions so that you will be able to follow its journey for up to 4 minutes – just perfect for a toddler’s concentration span.
You can view the International Space Station both early morning and at night; so far this year the alerts had been all been early morning, and with A only just sleeping through to 7.00 this was a sleep pattern that I hadn’t wanted to break, hence hanging on for an evening viewing.
Star watching is something that you can do extremely well in Abruzzo, it’s not just one of Italy’s but Europe’s least populated areas so there is little light pollution in rural areas, for those that want to take it a step further whilst in the region you can visit Campo Imperatore Observatory CINEOS program.
Day 24 #ohdaddyoh