Amazing STS/HST Pass

Ron Lee (
Sat, 25 Dec 1999 18:23:03 -0700

Saw them first about 01:10:30 UT on 26 Dec 99.  Separation 
was about 1.5 seconds (time delta).  What was amazing was
the plume that extended from STS. It was directed initially
just a bit south (below) HST then curved down until it was
pointed south. Total length about twice the separation between
the objects.

This may have been my first obs of HST.  Binoculars were used
but the plume was visible naked eye even without my glasses.

As a side note, each object was brighter than the combined
magnitude of the pass I saw a few nights ago.

Ron Lee

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