Re: ISS Magnitude After Solar Panel Installation?

From: CmdrJaycee@aol.com
Date: Sat Dec 02 2000 - 12:27:31 PST

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    In a message dated: Fri, 01 Dec 2000 22:41:53 +0000, Russell Eberst 
    <eberst@cableinet.co.uk> writes:
    
    >There have been numerous reports on how the brightness of the ISS will
    >increase markedly after the addition of the huge solar panels during the
    >present shuttle mission. 
    
    Here's one from NASA themselves:
    
         After the STS-97 assembly mission, the space station will rival 
         the bright star Sirius (or perhaps even Venus) when the angles 
         are favorable for a bright reflection. But, when the station is 
         not aligned optimally, it will seem no brighter than a modest 2nd 
         or 3rd magnitude object.
    
    See: 
    A New Star in the Sky
    http://spacescience.com/headlines/y2000/ast01dec_1.htm
    
    Jim Cook
    Germantown, MD
    39.2N, 77.3W
    
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