UFO? No, it's just the International Space Station

There are 30 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from May 4, 2009, titled UFO? No, it's just the International Space Station. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

As a public service, Art Maurer would like you to know that the bright light you might see skimming across the early-morning sky later this week is not a UFO.

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Natural gas

Georgetown, TX

#1 May 5, 2009
Art`,

What Time???
Professor Chaos

Marcus Hook, PA

#2 May 5, 2009
Natural gas wrote:
Art`,
What Time???
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Hello,
Go here ( http://www.heavens-above.com ) and enter your location. You will be amazed at the amount of stuff whizzing over our heads. You want to see something really cool wait until the next Shuttle mission and see if you can catch the Shuttle \ ISS flying a orbiting a few miles apart from each other.
Red Blooded American

Lisle, IL

#3 May 5, 2009
Thought for a minute Air Force 1 was going to do a $350,000 fly by of the Sears Tower and scare the crap out of a bunch of people
wanting4realnews

United States

#4 May 5, 2009
What day?
What time?
Which direction do I look?

The reporter did a very poor job on this artical.

Since: Apr 09

Skokie, IL

#5 May 5, 2009
A few years ago, we were told we could watch both the space station and recently separated shuttle. I went on my roof and was able to catch them. It was incredible. Those things were like shooting stars and I was blown away by it.

If you have the opportunity to watch it, I donít think youíll regret it.
Zippy

Naperville, IL

#6 May 5, 2009
ChiWatcher wrote:
A few years ago, we were told we could watch both the space station and recently separated shuttle. I went on my roof and was able to catch them. It was incredible. Those things were like shooting stars and I was blown away by it.
If you have the opportunity to watch it, I donít think youíll regret it.
I remember that as well, I ran outside with my daughter and we both watched the two "stars" one larger and the other smaller following each other.
Robert

Chicago, IL

#7 May 5, 2009
Thanks Professor Chaos (aka butters)! I entered the info for Chicago in heavens-above.com and the Thursday A.M. pass will be from NW to SE max height about 51 deg. from 4:45 am to 4:50. Early Saturday is forcast to be cloudy and rainy so I didn't look for that.
Agreed - wanting4realnews - those are the most obvious questions for the reporter to ask the astronomer. When? Where? Especially for an event of 5 minute duration, you got to pin it down better than "early Thursday moring."
bob

United States

#8 May 5, 2009
For those that don't want to get up that early, there are other viewings in a few weeks:

12 May 23:24-23:26 heading nw to nne. Only two minutes but it's not 4am.

13 May 23:50:54-23:52:01 NNW to N.

Here is a full chart: http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx...
Skep Tackle

Chicago, IL

#9 May 5, 2009
I find a little odd that a guy who studies space and has access to some powerful telescopes doesn't believe that there could be life out there! If given the opportunity, I would urge anyone to take a good look into space. The number of stars out there is incalculable. To think that one of those planets doesn't support some sort of life is a little short sighted!

Since: Apr 08

New York, NY

#10 May 5, 2009
The Internationl Space Station and the Space Shuttle (when it goes to the ISS) routinely pass over Chicago - without anyone calling in a UFO report. This is hardly news.

Here's a NASA site that shows ISS and Shuttle sighting opportunities for the whole country:

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/sighting...
Professor Chaos

Marcus Hook, PA

#11 May 5, 2009
Skep Tackle wrote:
I find a little odd that a guy who studies space and has access to some powerful telescopes doesn't believe that there could be life out there! If given the opportunity, I would urge anyone to take a good look into space. The number of stars out there is incalculable. To think that one of those planets doesn't support some sort of life is a little short sighted!
Once (hopefully soon, I would like to be alive when things get rolling) we start getting to places like Titan and Europa we're going to discover shortly afterward that life is as common as rocks. Proof? We're here, aren't we?
Professor Chaos

Marcus Hook, PA

#12 May 5, 2009
Robert wrote:
Thanks Professor Chaos (aka butters)! I entered the info for Chicago in heavens-above.com and the Thursday A.M. pass will be from NW to SE max height about 51 deg. from 4:45 am to 4:50. Early Saturday is forcast to be cloudy and rainy so I didn't look for that.
Agreed - wanting4realnews - those are the most obvious questions for the reporter to ask the astronomer. When? Where? Especially for an event of 5 minute duration, you got to pin it down better than "early Thursday moring."
Ahhhh!! My secret identity revealed!!
(You're very welcome, if you have never seen an iridium flare you really need to check them out! You'll wonder how people DON'T notice these things!)
FedUp

Atlanta, GA

#13 May 5, 2009
Ahhhh but that's what they WANT you to believe!

(adjusts tin foil hat)
Kevin

Chicago, IL

#14 May 5, 2009
3rd brightest object in the sky after the sun and moon.
Adrian in Tacoma

Tacoma, WA

#15 May 5, 2009
There are some peculiar reflections created via various light sources, I keep an eye out for singular strobes and reentry arcs...
Skep Tackle

Chicago, IL

#16 May 5, 2009
Professor Chaos wrote:
<quoted text>
Once (hopefully soon, I would like to be alive when things get rolling) we start getting to places like Titan and Europa we're going to discover shortly afterward that life is as common as rocks. Proof? We're here, aren't we?
Nanu nanu!!
wanting4realnews

United States

#17 May 5, 2009
Thanks for the info.

Robert said, "Early Saturday is forcast to be cloudy and rainy so I didn't look for that."
You believe in the weather forcast for Sat? It's only Tue. That forcast will change 8 times before Sat gets here.
an opinion

Algonquin, IL

#18 May 5, 2009
I thought it was the Bat signal.

Since: Jan 09

Chicago, IL

#19 May 5, 2009
Thank you all for entertaining comments :-)
Brian

Long Island City, NY

#20 May 5, 2009
Skep Tackle wrote:
I find a little odd that a guy who studies space and has access to some powerful telescopes doesn't believe that there could be life out there! If given the opportunity, I would urge anyone to take a good look into space. The number of stars out there is incalculable. To think that one of those planets doesn't support some sort of life is a little short sighted!
I sort of thought the same thing. I wonder if he just does not believe in literal "green men from Mars", of which there most likely are none, or if he doesn't believe in any extraterrestrial life. Or maybe he just doesn't believe that extraterrestrials are visiting Earth via UFO's. It seems like it's a throwaway comment from the reporter which added nothing but questions. More lazy reporting I guess.

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