Re: Starshine to Launch from STS-96 Shuttle Saturday

Joseph H. Fagan (
Sat, 5 Jun 1999 05:04:01 -0400 (EDT)

Just saw Discovery, Starshine, and ISS as predicted. Viewing through
scattered clouds at Blacksburg, Virginia. I could not resolve different
points of light between Discovery and Starshine with 11x80 binoculars
(though  intermittent flickering was probably the flashing of the starshine
mirrors).  Thanks to the SeeSat List and to the GSOC/DLR website for up to
date prediction information.  NASA Television coverage and their vtr
playback of the Starshine deploy only minutes before this viewing
opportunity made for an interesting morning!


Joey Fagan   37.2300 N,  80.4200 W,  640m elev msl

>Starshine, STS-96 and the ISS will exit eclipse at about 4:24 EDT (08:28 UTC) 
>on 5 June.   For the Baltimore-Washington area they will pass above the 
>Little Dipper - about 50 degrees above the horizon in the 4:26-4:27 EDT time 
>frame.   It looks as though Starshine will lead the parade followed by STS-96 
>(10 seconds later) and the ISS (about 35 seconds later). 
>Cities from Atlanta to Boston will have an opportunity to view this pass.
>Don Gardner  39.1796 N, 76.8419 W, 34m ASL