Envisat

From: Tom Wagner (sciteach@mchsi.com)
Date: Fri Apr 05 2002 - 23:02:33 EST

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    Picked up Envisat tonight at 21:10 my time as it passed chi Draco. It was
    about the brightness of that star when I first saw it (Mag. 3.6) but quickly
    faded to what I guess was a magnitude of 5 or even less within no more than
    a minute. I watched it through my 7 x 35 binocs. I would not have been able
    to see it otherwise. The sky glow was too bad. Last night I did not see it
    at all even through binocs. I didn't have an exact star to line up with to
    wait.
    
    It looked like the color of a red giant--a little orange.
    
    Tonight the comet was somewhat close to M31 too! It was closer last night
    but it was cloudy here. :~(
    
    Tom
    Iowa
    USA
    
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