Re: Mir debris

Bram Dorreman (
Thu, 13 Jun 1996 07:53:00 GMT

When I read several mails to SeeSat-L about not finding Mir-debris I think
those reporters expect these pieces to be close to Mir. Yesterday it was
pretty clear over our countries and I started watching the sky near the
predicted Mir-path about 15 minutes prior to the actual presence of Mir itself.
I was able to see 20 fragments until the Mir itself almost blinded me while
travelling thru my field of view of my 7x50 binoculars.
What I mean to say is that the Mir-fragments, "created" last week are
dispersing, as expected.
If I had started my watching earlier I had probably foud even more objects.
Last weekend I was also able to see 13, 15 and 14 fragments on subsequent
passes of Mir, always the fragments in front of Mir. I tried to find matching
fragments in these three transits, but was not able to do so for all of them.
I presume that at least 27 fragments are present.
I made timings for all those (w.r.t. to Mir) and who is interested let me know.
I'll send them. I had not yet had the time to sort out my hand written notes.
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