Posted by Bowser on August 27, 2003 at 08:25:52:
In Reply to: Re: Anyone out there remember Sputnik ? posted by Flashback on August 26, 2003 at 17:06:11:
We had a black labrador back then - felt sorry for Laika - but re Sputnik I remember being brought out into the back garden by my father - no light pollution then - no sodium glow - and watching the satellite flying over. Apparently it was a huge affair by modern standards as the Russians had huge rockets much bigger than the American ones. The first American satellites were much smaller. I seem to remember a radio signal beep, beep, beep that could be picked up if you knew the frequency? The evening papers had very precise times when you could see it passing overhead.
I like the idea of controlling our street lighting too. I was able to photograph Halley's Comet back in early 1986 from just outside Castlebar. It was very faint and it needed a few photographs taken a few days apart to definitely show it moving. I doubt that I would be as successful today due to that blasted orange glow from the street lights. Also it's unbelievable the number of houses that have garden lighting even well after midnight!