TiPS Tether Sighted

Maley, Paul D. (
Mon, 24 Jun 1996 15:02:38 -0500

I observed the TiPS tether Saturday June 22 pre-sunrise at 1012UT from 
Houston, Texas USA. Passes on Sunday and today were rained out. The tether 
was about +6.5 magnitude in the northnorthwest (elevation 31 degrees), range 
1721 km. It was about 0.12 degrees long. As it climbed to an elevation of 89 
degrees, range of 1026 km, it lengthened only to 0.17 degrees and brightened 
to +5.5 at best. The phase angle varied between 90 and 73 degrees during the 
observing window. Three minutes of video was obtained and will be shown at 

Paul Maley