We say Progress, ISS, and Endeavour

From: Edward S Light (edlight@juno.com)
Date: Sat Dec 02 2000 - 12:16:21 PST

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    Thanks to Daniel Deak's warning regarding the undocked Progress,
    and in response to Walter Nissen's later note ...
    
    > If you do have a shot at ISS in the near future, don't forget to look
    > for the detached Progress cargo tug.  And please report what you see.
    
    we looked for it this morning and saw it approximately 20 seconds
    (in time) ahead of ISS. At 10:58.4 UTC (02 Dec 00), it passed near,
    and was about as bright as, gamma CMa (mag 4.1); ISS then followed
    it out of the earth's shadow at perhaps magnitude zero.
    
    Then, at 11:03.6 UTC, we saw STS-97 enter sunlight at approximate
    magnitude +1 (i.e. like Regulus). Due to its low apparent elevation
    (9 degrees in the SW), we could only occasionally glimpse it among
    the branches of various trees.
    
    
    Hopefully when the Endeavour and ISS separate in a week, better
    passes will occur.
    
    
    Clear and dark skies!
    
    Ed and Darlene Light
    Lakewood, New Jersey, USA
    40.1075N, 074.2312W, +24m (80 feet)
    
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