I didn't see STS 97.

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Sat Dec 02 2000 - 05:05:03 PST

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    But I did see ISS.  So I guess STS 97 was quite a bit fainter.
    Conditions were poor, mostly variable high cirrostratus with 
    some thin spots.  Oh, and it was dawning twilight also -- but
    the passes were opposite the Sun.  Maybe another chance 
    Possible Orion 3 very bright flash at 12:27:34.0 Dec. 2 UTC.
    Site: 30.308N, 97.727W, 150m.
    A few hours earlier the sky was pretty nice and I spent about
    45 minutes outside my apartment looking unsuccessfully for 
    one-power Telstar 401 flashes.  Limiting magnitude was about 
    3.5 I think. Thanks to Paul Maley for reporting his obs.  I 
    plan to keep trying as weather permits.
    For east coast USA flashing/classified geosynch observers -- 
    Rainer Kracht has been reporting on DSP 16, and when I saw
    his mention that it's drifting westward I checked last night 
    and got predictions for it about 20 degrees up in the east.
    So it should be well placed for the USA east coast!
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
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