Several nights ago, I found out that the International Space Station and the Space Shuttle were crossing my back yard at approximately 8:00 p.m. I talked my youngest son into going outside with me. Actually there were three "satellites" flying by. We waited and waited...wondering if we would actually see anything. Suddenly...there was the first one. A little white dot moving through the sky. We continued scanning the sky and about 1 minute later we saw what looked like a bright star moving across the sky. That was the International Space Station.
Then...only seconds behind it, was the space shuttle. It looked a like a bright smaller star. Suddenly a piercing bright light flashed from the shuttle...just for a second. We wondered what it was. We found out later that it was "sun glint".
I want to buy 2 chaise lounge-type chairs to put in the back yard this summer, so I can steal out at night and stare at the stars. Maybe my youngest son will join me and we'll pull a light blanket over us—up to our eyes—to keep off the mosquitos. And we'll lie there...and look up...Maybe we'll even fall asleep under the stars.