HST and STS-103

Thomas A. Troszak (tom@bullhammer.com)
Tue, 21 Dec 1999 07:22:10 -0500

My wife, daughter and I watched for the HST last night, and while we
failed to observe the HST, (!?!) we did see the Orbiter following along
5-6 min. later, though a little lower in the sky.

Which brings to mind a question that has been bugging me for a while. On
any given evening, It is often possible for us to observe several sats
with predicted magnitudes as low as 4.2 or 4.3, often with the naked
eye, while other sats with predicted magnitudes as bright as 3.1 are
simply not to be found, even with binocs. Any clues?

Tom Troszak,
Asheville, NC, USA
35.601 N, -82.554 W
elevation 2,300 ft.

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