Re: Newbie trying to find UARS

Marek Kozubal (progrmer@staff.feldberg.brandeis.edu)
Sat, 11 Jan 1997 22:17:51 -0500 (EST)

On Sat, 11 Jan 1997, Rob Miller wrote:

>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?

right...

>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?

very likly, however it should become more visible as it appears over head
and goes to the otherwise of the sky....

>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?

UARS is one of the brightest satllites i've seen, getting easily to 1st or
0th mag on a good pass w/the right lighting conditions....it is an easy
naked eye....

You should consider getting a program like STS Plus to do pass predictions
for you, it also gives real time output and stuff so you can see exactly
where it will go.....

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