Wednesday, March 9, 2011

What a Sight! A Starry Night!

Last night, we at The Omni Report, were treated to an astronomical treat.

At precisely 7:23 PM EST the Space Shuttle Discovery came barreling out of the Northwestern sky crossing overhead as a glaringly bright small white ball of light. It was beautiful to behold and we saluted our astronauts "friends" in the heavens as it was the last time we'll ever have a chance to see the Discovery overhead again.


At precisely 7:25 PM EST, with Discovery still visible on the horizon a SECOND ball of bright light came into view. From virtually the same direction just a degree apart, the International Space Station started to pass overhead just as Discovery was disappearing into the horizon. The Space Station moved slower, although it was still moving at incredible speed, but the slower pace allowed us to enjoy it for a few seconds longer than Discovery.

It was a stellar event and one we will remember forever!

About 20 minutes later a most peculiar cloud formation came over the sky and we were left again breathless with awe. We can try to describe it but will utterly fail. It was as if the sky had morphed into long ghostly fingers, spaced precisely and evenly. Cloud, sky, cloud, sky - like a giant comb or fan. We've never seen anything like it in our lives and we are no spring chickens. It was fabulous, amazing and awesome.

All in all it was remarkable and marvelous night!

Great Article on Space Shuttle Discovery


Anonymous said...

I can confirm this is true and it was amazing!! The clouds were the most shocking for we expected the shuttle and space station to arrive. I also have never seen anything like this before and it was truly special and i will never forget that moment!! To think that i witnessed the last shuttle fly by is historical and sad at the same time!! Good Luck Discovery!!

Anonymous said...

I saw it too. I don't think I've ever seen so many stars visible in the sky before! It was perfect! Glad Discovery and her crew made is safely back to Earth today. I've heard she'll be put in the Smithsonian, with Enterprise being moved elsewhere.