I’m a space, sci-fi and science buff. I was born in 1957, so I grew up with space exploration in the news. Plus, I watched “Lost In Space”, “I Dream of Jeannie” and “Star Trek”. On top of that, I had an aunt & uncle who lived in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
I got a 3.5 inch refractor (lens, not mirror) telescope when I was 11 years old. I could see Jupiter’s main moons, the ice caps on Mars and the rings of Saturn, plus every other celestial object I could locate. I tried to see satellites but they moved too fast. And, growing up in Minnesota means I’ve seen the Northern Lights more times that I can remember.
I even remember that our local news would announce what time and where you could look to see a satellite or spacecraft. Ever since, if I’m outside on a clear night I’ll always look up to see if I can see any meteors, satellites or spacecraft.
Have you wanted to see the International Space Station, but didn’t know where it is? Go here to see where it is now. You’ll also find 10 day predictions for Satellites and infomation on Comets currently brighter than magnitude 12.
PS – I found this on You Tube: As You Remember It: The Lift-Off of Apollo 11