The International Space Station was visible in our neck of the woods tonight, which was exciting. Little Man loves science, especially anything that has to do with space, so great visibility on a reasonable time on a non-school night meant that he’d get to see it again.
The first time he saw it he was five years old. At the time, he kept calling it the “International Gas Station,” and when he drew a picture of it, sure enough, something resembling a gas station appeared in a night sky.
We live in the country and a lot of farmland is near our neighborhood, so we have an awesome view of the sky. LM got a telescope for Christmas (although not a very good one), but he couldn’t find all the pieces for it for tonight. That was okay, because we were able to see it reasonably well anyway.
The meteorologist was right on the money on when the ISS would be visible for us, so we didn’t have to wait long once we went outside. We weren’t sure that it was the ISS at first, since it didn’t pass over as close to us as the last time, but when we were able to see the bottom of it with all the lights, we knew.
After we came back inside, I asked LM what he thought of seeing the ISS tonight.
“That thing? You know that’s not really a space station, right?”
“It’s really Megatron, the leader of the Decepticons, and he has come to destroy earth.”
FYI, if you happen to see the ISS…Megatron has apparently scanned himself and is using that as his disguise to hide in plain view and wipe us all out. I guess we were lucky tonight that Megatron had better things to do!
The kid has a point.