Re: Newbie trying to find UARS

Marek Kozubal (
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?


>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 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.....

Marek Kozubal            
Systems Support Specalist
Help Desk Consultant               BeBox Owner and Programmer