Re: ISS Magnitude After Solar Panel Installation?

From: Thomas A. Troszak (
Date: Mon Dec 04 2000 - 07:23:32 PST

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    Dear Penny,
    Don't forget to include the possibility of the Shuttle itself adding
    brightness to the Shuttle-ISS configuration.
    I have seen the Shuttle Orbiter in an early evening pass with favorable
    lighting at magnitude  -1.5, definitely as bright as a good pass of Mir.
    I would account the current brightness of ISS to the presence of the
    Shuttle Orbiter,  and favorable lighting.
    From my attempts to photograph Mir, I would say that the new panels are
    more likely to decrease the visibility of ISS due to the enormous
    shadows they might create...
    Just a guess, though.
    Tom Troszak, Asheville, NC, USA
    35.601 N, -82.554 W
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