Newbie trying to find UARS

Rob Miller (
Sat, 11 Jan 1997 19:59:52 -0800


I've been using the "SatPasses" Web site to locate satellites that I
might observe.  The only one that recently passed over at a convenient
time and when skies were clear has been the UARS.  However, I was
frustrated because I couldn't find it.

Dumb Question #1:  When SatPasses give a time like 20:30:00, that's 24
hour time, right?  So, 20:30:00 equals 8:30:00 pm?

According to SatPasses, UARS rose at about 240 degrees which is about
where the Sun went down at my location.  Could the UARS be very dim
because it was coming up away from the Sun therefore any reflected light
from UARS would be reflecting away from me?

There is a lot of light pollution here -- multiple orange sodium street
lights and several bright white lights from the warehouse across the
road.  However, I can see the three "belt" stars in Orion and also the
Dipper right overhead.

So, what about UARS?  Is it a dim one?

SatPasses URL is:


Rob Miller
Iowa City Iowa