Saturday, January 16, 2010

White lights in the sky

Station in motion
London, ON
March 2009

White dots in the sky are endlessly fascinating to me, especially when they're actually sophisticated space vehicles that carry a half-dozen fellow humans 220 miles overhead at 17,500 miles per hour.

Our kids have gotten used to my excited dinner table news flashes that a great viewing opportunity for the International Space Station is coming up*. Sometimes they roll their eyes and go back to their salads, but if the stars align just so, I may yet get a thumbs-up from one of them, and before long we'll be gathering camera equipment and heading outside to see what we can see.

As you can see here, everything worked out this time. I hope the memory sticks with them long after the tiny dot has faded from view.

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