Re: STS/ISS Obs, 10 Dec 2000

From: Robert G Fenske Jr (
Date: Sat Dec 09 2000 - 17:23:47 PST

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    On Sat, 9 Dec 2000, Ron Lee wrote:
    > Separated by 5-6 seconds in time. I am assuming that the
    > fainter leading object was the Shuttle.  This may be my first
    > obs of both this close together.  Both easy  naked eye objects.
    	I just witnessed the pair make a 57 deg pass here.  The Shuttle was
    about 5 deg ahead of the Space Station.  ISS was about -1.5, the Shuttle
    about -0.5 though it brightened to be about the same as ISS just before the
    Shuttle began entering Earth's shadow.  A peculiarity was the orange tint of
    the ISS; it was a distinctly different color than the Shuttle.  Perhaps this
    is an effect of the new solar panel arrays?
    	This pass wasn't quite as dramatic as the HST/Shuttle pass last
    Christmas day, but still a noteworthy show.
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