Re: ISS briefly brighter than Venus (not)

From: Paul Gabriel (
Date: Sat Dec 30 2000 - 08:33:36 PST

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    I too saw the same ISS pass as Allen & Ed, but geographically
    closer to Allen with separation of only about 33mi (~53km), whereas
    Ed is about 290mi N of us, and like Allen I saw no flare.  I saw ISS 1x
    NE culm 32 deg, closer in magnitude to Jupiter than Saturn but not quite 
    as bright as Jupiter.  I was also looking for some color 1x, red or yellow and
    did not see either ??
    the moon and Venus were somewhat more interesting in SW.
    did not get any positions of other sats due to a movie date with wife, IMO
    The Family Man is worth the price of admission. 
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    On 12/30/00 at 09:00 Allen Thomson wrote:
    >Ed Cannon reported from 30.3086N, 97.7279W:
    >> Last night (about 0:53:30-0:55:30 Dec 30 UTC) I was watching
    >> what proved to be a very bright ISS pass, very nearly as
    >> bright as Jupiter, when it flared briefly -- about one or
    >> two seconds -- to brighter than Venus; then it dropped back
    >> to -2.5 or so and then finally gradually faded as it went
    >> into the Earth's shadow.
    >We observed the same pass from 26.2157N, 97.6810W.  While it was very
    >bright, I saw no flare, although I was watching for one.
    >Question, mostly for Rob Matson, I suppose:  are negative observations
    >useful in  modeling ISS flares?
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    Paul Gabriel
    26.24310N 098.21635W 33m (the stars at night are big & bright......)
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