Re: HST and STS-103
Tue, 21 Dec 1999 09:37:20 EST

In a message dated 12/21/1999 8:26:09 AM EDT, writes:

> 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.

The HST has always been a bit flaky.  Often It will be about a +2 or +1 mag 
with occasional negative magnitude flares.  Sometime it simply isn't visible 
using 7x50 binos.  It all depends on its orientation which, apparently, is 
not favorable now.

About 2 months ago Titan R/B 25018 (probably similar in size and shape as the 
HST) made a pass where it should have been about a +3.0 mag.  It was closer 
to +6.0.  It seems to be in a very slow roll and I probably caught it facing 
end-on towards me.

Don Gardner  39.1796 N, 76.8419 W, 34m ASL

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