ISS solar transit

From: paul (
Date: Mon Jul 07 2003 - 14:18:41 EDT

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    I was alerted to possible ISS solar transit
    for 07jul 1620 ut, and I downloaded the current TLE
    1 25544U 98067A   03188.47402566  .00012749  00000-0  15913-3 0  1980
    2 25544  51.6328 278.2013 0008190 344.3744  79.3714 15.60231727264172
    and transit was predicted by Guide for ~ 1620:18
    also predicted 1620:18.9 duration: 0.44s Angular diameter: 10.1" 
    used solar filter on 101 mm f5.4 scope at 56x, clouds cooperated,
    and BOOM, and it was over very quickly. Range ~ 450 km.
    I did not have a video to record it.  and not sure (doubt?) I could
    make out any structure at 10.1" dia, and I certainly did not
    see any structure, indeed it was over before I could even
    really try to focus on it.
    but it was still worth the look and I did not have to leave my yard :)
    I did not get a time split, but trak appeared somewhat lower (east)
    maybe 5' to 10' than predicted by above elset.
    nice sunspots too. 
    Paul Gabriel 8305 (CST/CDT = UT -6h/-5h)
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