ISS solar transit

From: paul (
Date: Mon Jul 07 2003 - 14:30:26 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.
    if this posted twice (more than once) it's seesat's fault!
    Paul Gabriel 8305 (CST/CDT = UT -6h/-5h)
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