Re: STS/HST obs success
Sat, 25 Dec 1999 20:44:25 EST

In a message dated 12/25/99 6:24:36 PM Mountain Standard Time, writes:

>>There was a water dump in progress at the time of passing,
>>but I couldn't tell visually because of the hazy clouds.

The water dump made a fine surprise from Fort Collins Colorado.  Maximum 
elevation for STS-103 and HST was only about 16 degrees in the South, taking 
them near Fomalhaut.  The STS was about 3rd magnitude, and 10x70 binoculars 
framed the brilliant shuttle at the apex of a delicate cone, trailing in an 
arc extending about 1 degree.  A scene reminiscent of a good comet.  HST 
trailed by less than a degree and was about 5th magnitude.  Pardon my 
imprecision, it was a bit of a flail getting children and guests to look.

Dan Laszlo
40,30N   105,05W

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