Progress M35 Lunar transit

Tristan Cools (
Sat, 16 Aug 1997 00:45:42 +0200 (MET DST)


This evening(aug 15) I was looking for one of the last visible transits of
Mir and Progress M35 as visibility will not improve and Progress M35 will
dock again soon.  Both objects were seen and seperated by 183.07s.  Mir
passed very close North to the Moon and as PM35 was moving a few degrees
more south I thought I would get a good chance of a Lunar transit by this

As it was closing in to the Moon I was pretty sure it would pass wright over
!  I could see it touching the Moon and comming out of this transit but it
looked like it was going behind the Moon !  It was, probably because of high
contrast, not visible during the transit but it went wright over at
20h32m33.3s UTC. Observing place was Rijckevelde and should I have chosen
for my other observing place I would probably not have seen this.  Now I
will try to simulate this with several tracking programs.

Tristan Cools
BWGS member(Belgian Working Group Satellites)

Damse Vaart:    3.2478E/51.2277N 3.75m
Rijckevelde:    3.2856E/51.2045N 6.25m
Brugge     :    3.2166E/51.2104N 5m