Re: STS-103/HST Obs
Sat, 25 Dec 1999 19:30:11 EST

In a message dated 12/25/99 7:12:58 PM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

> Observed Discovery and Hubble 28 minutes after separation.  Picked up the
>  pair in 10x50 binocs ~5 degrees in the SW.  Separation was easily seen
>  until both due south.  Discovery's mag increased (0.0 - 0.5?) to the point
>  of overwhelming the Hubble.  As they headed into the SE separation became
>  more visible until dropping into shadow.  NASA TV (in background) commented
>  the separation at that point was 900 feet.

Release of the HST occurred at 23:04 UTC.  

Saw the same pass from Maryland.  I could not resolve the separation between 
the 2 objects with my 7x50s.  The pass was about a +1.0/1.5 mag.  They passed 
R->L just above alpha-PsA (205az, 17el) at 23:36:00.  I was watching for the 
2nd separation burn which was supposed to occur around the time of the 
visible pass.  I *thought* that I observed some dim oranges flashes at 
23:39:30 - just after it passed into eclipse but I couldn't be sure.

The ISS made a nice 1x pass at +1.0 mag this evening.  It passed L->R below 
Deneb (295az, 57 el) at 22:22:30 UTC.  It remained at +1.0 mag until it 
entered eclipse low in the NE at 22:26UTC.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.

Don Gardner  39.1796 N, 76.8419 W, 34m ASL

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