Nasa Live: Earth Views From The Space Station

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  1. Nancy Hart

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    Live views of Earth from the International Space Station

    "While the experiment is operational, views will typically sequence through different cameras. If you are seeing a black image, the Space Station is on the night side of the Earth. If you are seeing an image with text displayed, the communications are switching between satellites, and camera feeds are temporarily unavailable. Between camera switches, a black & gray slate will also briefly appear."

     
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    Pretty cool!! Wish it would say what I'm looking at though.
     
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    Yeah, not too exciting really. lol .. I think those are clouds, and the camera is focused straight down right now. Sometimes it give a more slanted shot, and you can see the curvature of the earth.

    Uh oh, looking back right now, it may be entering the dark phase. Oh well... I just thought it was cool.:cool:
     
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    I watched for awhile....don't know why they can't state though roughly where it's looking.
     
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    Great idea. Maybe they could set up a robotic narrator, that translated locations into verbal descriptions. If they can make Alexa, they ought to be able to figure that out.
     
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    I just found this:

    "The space station orbits Earth about every 90 minutes, so that means in a 24 hour day, the space station orbits the earth approximately 16 times."

    That means blackouts usually won't last very long, but they may be often.
     
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    I saw one while I was watching.
     
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    I just found out the Christmas comet (Comet 46P/Wirtanen) passed by yesterday (Dec 16th), and will still be visible for a few days.

    "This will be the closest comet Wirtanen has come to Earth for centuries."

    [​IMG]
     
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    Pretty!!

    Wonder if @Hal Pollner will try to see it...think there's still a chance but not for long.
     
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