The $100,000 bag of tools that floated away from astronat Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper last week has been spotted by ground-based (are there any other kind?) skywatchers, and with a pair of 10x50 binoculars, no less.
After sunset on Saturday, Edward Light, using 10 x 50 binoculars, spotted the bag in space while he scanned the sky from his backyard in Lakewood, N.J., Spaceweather.com reported. On the same night, Keven Fetter of Brockville, Ontario, video-recorded the bag as it passed by the star Eta Pisces in the constellation Pisces.
More bag-viewing opportunities are expected.
The tool bag can be seen through binoculars, a few minutes ahead of the space station's orbit. The satellite tracker predicts that the bag will be visible from Europe and western North America during a series of passes this week. By late next week, the tool bag should appear in the evening skies over most of North America.
How would you like to be the Snap-On tool salesman that has to drive up there and replace these tools? And I wonder if you'd get your mileage reimbursed after the trip...