So I’m not the master of timing…

In our local geocaching circles, the Geolympix 2016 has been a long time coming and has been something I have been looking forward to. As it turned out, something better has taken priority in the form of the NHS. They gave me a date of Thursday 28th July for my second cataract operation which, for me, was fantastic and not something I would postpone for anything. It’s so good to get my “proper” sight back but it’s a pity that I can’t sensibly attend the Geolympix. The hospital’s do’s & don’ts mean it’s unadvisable to risk damage or infection by going geocaching, plus there’s the issue of regular application of eye drops, etc…

So I’m reluctantly going to be missing out on this Mega Event. Once I’m “allowed out” again I fully intend to mop up all the new geocaches the Geolympix team have placed specifically for the Mega. It will be fantastic to be able to search for caches using the unbeatable “Human Eyeball Mk I” once again!

By the way, there was another special moment this evening:  an excellent overhead pass by the International Space Station which I was able to see with my newly restored vision. Haven’t seen one of those for a long while. Fan-bloody-tastic!

Anyway, in case this is the first you’ve heard, here’s a last minute plug for my dear friends’ Mega Event:

Geolympix banner

If you haven’t heard and fancy going, see these links:

The GC5XXYY cache page and the official GEOLYMPIX 2016 web site

And if you know nothing about the Geolympix or Geocaching, there’s this on the BBC.

Oh, and if you are interested in reading more about the saga of my retinal surgery, etc., you are welcome to visit my eye surgery blog, see the link towards the bottom of the sidebar under “Quite Interesting”.

 

 

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Look up !

Tonight I watched the International Space Station fly over. I’ve seen it several times over the last few nights. Even though I’m only viewing it with the naked eye (my binoculars are pretty hopeless for viewing space objects) it’s still an amazing sight.

Tonight I also had a sighting of the European Space Agency’s “Albert Einstein” Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-4) cargo ship as it continues its 10-day journey to hook up with ISS. I thought the ISS was quick but that ATV is something else as it chases ISS across the sky!

Wow and Wow!

If you haven’t seen ISS yourself, go here: http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/sightings/ and enter your nearest location for a list of sighting opportunities.

Oh, and follow @VirtualAstro  on Twitter for live alerts of up-coming sightings!