Re: STS99-observation?

From: Brian Hunter (
Date: Mon Jan 17 2000 - 11:10:54 PST

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    They'd better launch this one on time.  I am heading to Herstmonceux Castle
    (fromer home of the former Royal Greenwich Observatory) tomorrow for three
    months.  However, If they are a day late I have to go to Norway for a few
    days.  :-)
    -----Original Message-----
    From: Brierley David <>
    To: 'Satellite Observers' <>
    Date: Monday, January 17, 2000 4:27 AM
    Subject: RE: STS99-observation?
    >> ----------
    >> From: Chris Peat[]
    >> Sent: 15 January 2000 19:19
    >> To: George, Marple;
    >> Subject: Re: STS99-observation?
    >> George,
    >> If the sky is clear in the UK on the evening of the launch you will
    >> have a
    >> good chance to see STS-99, and also the external tank which observers
    >> in the
    >> USA miss because it is on a suborbital flight and re-enters over the
    >> Indian
    >> Ocean before completing one revolution. The tank is also very bright,
    >> and
    >> can be distinguished from the shuttle because of its reddish colour.
    >> The
    >> shuttle should fly over the UK 20 minutes or so after launch, so even
    >> if
    >> there is a delay, you know roughly when to go outside and start
    >> looking.
    >Thanks to you and Ron Lee for alerting us in the UK to the possibility
    >of seeing STS-99 on its first orbit.  I can confirm that it's possible
    >to see the tank, and both objects will be very bright, at magnitude 0.
    >In November 1985? there was a 57 degree launch, when I saw both the STS
    >and tank in a bright twilit sky.  I remember the occasion particularly
    >because the tank passed only 6' arc from Capella, the only star visible
    >to the naked eye.
    >David M Brierley
    >Malvern, Worcestershire, UK
    >Station 2675, 52.1358N 2.3264W 70m
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