Re: that man-made dot in space
I remember going out in 2000 to see it go overhead with my mum (I mean I was with my mum, she wasn't on board). She'd seen the original Sputnik go overhead in the late (19)50s, but seemed oddly unimpressed by the dim ISS that went across (BUT THERE'S PEOPLE ON THAT ONE MUM!!!)!
14 years on and it has a tonne more solar panels and so can be VERY reflective (and I love it when it just disappears mid flight as it enters the Earth's shadow) outshining Jupiter at even positive magnitudes. Well worth a look. The http://www.heavens-above.com/ site has magnitude estimates as well as the info on the NASA site so you can see if it's worth staying up to watch :)