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Subject: Could the Space Station 'eclipse' the moon?

Date: Thu Oct 4 15:38:57 2001
Posted by Karen
Grade level: nonaligned School: Ohio Dept of Natural Resources
City: Columbus State/Province: OH Country: USA
Area of science: Astronomy
ID: 1002224337.As

Oct 3, around 8:30 p.m. my cousin and I watched the International Space Station 
cross the sky from SW to NE. Then, the moon came up, and it was full and very 
bright. Looking through binoculars, we saw 2 parallel black lines on the face 
of the moon (in the middle, like "nose holes"). The lines glided off the face 
of the moon, exiting at the 10-o'clock position. The lines were very black and 
maybe got a little longer as they drifted up. We wonder if this could have been 
the space station casting a large shadow back on the earth, much like an 
  I asked a source at APOD, who said it was "more likely a boundary between 
areas of local air transparency." But he didn't explain what that is, and, 
anyway, I don't think that's what it was, even if I don't know what it means!

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