Re: Finally, a bright Discovery pass

Daniel Deak (
Fri, 24 Dec 1999 19:40:03 -0500

Edward S Light wrote:

> minute later, it was as bright as zero-magnitude Vega. Why so bright this
> evening compared to previous nights? (I guess being so far north of the

According to what I saw on NASA TV, this rise in brightness may be due
to the Shuttle being inclined about 45 degrees relative to the Earth in the
direction of the Sun. So its attitude is favourable for evening observation.

Happy Christmas to all !


Daniel Deak
Drummondville, Québec

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