ISS: Lunar and Solar Transits

From: Robert Holdsworth (
Date: Tue Jul 01 2003 - 03:46:17 EDT

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    The track of the  ISS daytime lunar transit is not so favorable for
    Wellington now.  However it appears that it will be visible from
    Johnsonville, Ngauranga, Eastbourne and some parts of Wainuiomata through to
    Palliser Bay.  At this stage it appears there is a reasonable chance of the
    weather being suitable though there may be some cloud.
    Unfortunately owing to work commitments I will not see this transit at all-
    and the same applies to an overhead daytime Iridium flare a little earlier
    at 0315Z!
    I doubt if there would have been much success with the Christchurch lunar
    today as weather conditions were probably unfavourable- I would of course be
    interested to know if anyone did see it.
    Acknowledgements to Calsky, Thomas Fly and Kevin Fetter for information
    relating to the transits.
    Robert Holdsworth
    New Zealand
    41.2610S, 174.9470E
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: "Robert Holdsworth" <>
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    Sent: Saturday, June 28, 2003 7:26 AM
    Subject: Re: Lunar and Solar Transit page
    >  The following lunar and solar transits are expected in New Zealand in the
    >  near future (all times UTC - local time is UTC plus 12.)
    >  Twilight lunar:
    >  1 Jul 2003 05:23:50.00  to  05:23:57.00
    >  This transit will be over Christchurch which is one of our major cities.
    >  However illumination of the moon is only 1 percent that day.
    >  Daytime lunar:
    >  2 July 2003 04:28:25:00 to 04:28:29:00
    >  This one is within range of Wellington City, also near Eastbourne, some
    >  parts of the Rimutaka Forest Park and the Southern Wairarapa Coast
    > (Palliser Bay.)  Illumination is only a little better at 4 percent.
    >  I  have taken some steps to try and get our local observatory into action
    > on this transit.  Unfortunately owing to work commitments  it is not
    >  practicable for me to try and visit at the time.
    >  Many thanks to Kevin Fetter for his assistance in providing the tracks
    >  the transits. Acknowledgements also to Calsky which initially alerted me
    >  them.
    >  Kevin  has also alerted me to a solar transit on 7 July  from 2:51:06 to
    >  2:51:22 UTC.    This is one for the hikers (we call them trampers here)
    >  farmers as it starts on the West Coast of the South Island,  crosses the
    >  Southern Alps and finishes in North Canterbury.  The most accessible
    >  are towards the end of the pass and it appears could be reached
    >  easily from Christchurch.
    >  I.
    >  Robert Holdsworth
    >  Wainuiomata
    >  New Zealand
    >  41.2610S, 174.9470E
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