HST/STS-103 observed from LA area

Skywise (skywise711@earthlink.net)
Fri, 24 Dec 1999 19:03:19 -0800

The HST/STS-103 combo just made a nice visible pass from my location in
Buena Park, CA. (33*51'13.48" x -118*1'42.69") culminating in the south
at 16:42 at predicted mag of 0.8. I would say it was pretty close to that.
It passed pretty close to Mars and was just a bit dimmer.

I had checked Heavens-Above.com just in time to know the pass was coming
that I had just enough time to setup my 6" newt. I managed to hand track
the pair at 85x but wasn't smooth enough to try to discern any detail.

In any case, it's kind of exciting as I've not observed a shuttle before,
having only gotten into this satellite observing thing in the past year.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

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