ISS Pass – March 19th

It figures – an excellent ISS pass for tonight, starting at 19:56. I check the sky at 16:00 and it’s clear and a million. I’m surprised after dinner at 19:00 that it looks cloudy outside. At 19:45 when I go out to set up, it’s almost totally overcast. Off in the distance over Calabasas there’s a layer of fog that’s crept in, very spooky. I can see the moon, or at least where it’s at through the clouds, and there’s some areas where the clouds are thinner, so let’s give it a shot!

With the moon shining brightly above, a fairly thick layer of high clouds, and a series of stacked 10-second exposures, it looks as bright as day, when it was actually full dark, almost a full hour after sunset.


Of course, it was also the one-year anniversary of California and Los Angeles going on full lockdown for COVID. Let’s hope that by the next time we do the giant, numeral-shaped balloon thing a year from now, this is all just a bad memory we’re recovering from.

And if this post looks weird, it’s because WordPress just changed their page all around again and I’m taking fifteen minutes of hunting to find where the command is hidden to do something that I could have done on the old version in fifteen seconds, but now all I can do is find it, accept that it looks wrong but for the life of me I can’t figure out any way to make it look “normal,” and move on because it’s close enough for government work. Not the best way to end what should have been 100% a day of celebration – not the worst, either.

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