I saw Mir! (& Cosmos 1953)

Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Sun, 24 Aug 1997 03:22:17 -0500

For what it's worth, I and my cousin and her husband and their
neighbors on either side all saw Mir about 20 minutes after 
sunset and about 15 minutes before the 10-degree twilight time 
and in spite of some broken cloud cover interfering with the 
beginning of the north-to-east pass (culmination was alt 70, 
az 43; (max. Quicksat predicted mag. -2.4) ).  The location was 
about 16-20 km (10-12 miles) southwest of my nominal location --

   sunset           - 8:04 p.m. CDT (1:04 UT, 24 August)
   Mir              - 8:23-24
   10-deg. twilight - 8:48

This was also my fifth evening in a row to see it at one-power.
Neat!  (Nice to have the weather cooperating to this extent!)

My parents and sister also have observed it from San Antonio, 
Texas, some of these evenings.

Another object: Friday night I saw one quick, bright (mag 0?) 
flash from Cosmos 1953 (88-50A/19210) near its culmination
(which was alt 70, az 262).    At one power, it was tumbling 
from mag. 2.5 to invisible.(I didn't have a stopwatch or even 
a digital watch with me for timing purposes.)

Ed Cannon
Austin, Texas, USA
30.3086N, 97.7279W, 165m