Mir & debris

Jeff Hunt (jhunt@eagle1.eaglenet.com)
Thu, 6 Jun 96 22:19:46 PDT

This evening (02:02 UTC, 6/7/96)I was able to view Mir for the first time in 
a long time.  For the first time I was able view debris associated with Mir 
using 7X35 binoculars.  I saw at least ten faint objects (Mag 6 or 7) 
preceding Mir by about 10 degrees to less than 1 degree.  Reminded me of 
Santa Claus's reindeer pulling his sleigh (sorry, that's what first came to 
mind).  Those on the West Coast of the U.S. later tonight should get a nice 
view this evening.  Perhaps this debris is old news to those who have viewed 
Mir recently but it was my first opportunity to view Mir debris.

I note that OIG released additional debris TLEs 23888 through 23890 today.

Jeff Hunt, Charlotte Hall, Md.  38.51N, 76.76W 
E-mail: jhunt@eagle1.eaglenet.com