Sighting of TSS from Hawaii

jeff hunt (
Tue, 5 Mar 96 08:00:39 EST

I thought I would pass on this observation of TSS.  I doubt I will be lucky 
enough to see it from my location.  There seems to be a lot of interest in 
veiwing it as noted on other astronomy lists.  Here is a good opportunity to 
at least make the vsohp home page (and seesat list) better known to others.
Jeff Hunt <>

---------------------forwarded observation---------------------------------

Date: Mon, 4 Mar 1996 13:24:57 -0500 (EST)
From: Peter Michaud <michaud@bishop.bishop.Hawaii.Org>
To: "Planetarian's Digest" <>
Subject: untethered sighting

This morning Honolulu had a great view of the untethered satellite as it
passed about 42 degrees up in our sky.  It was very obvious and lots of
ohh's and ahhh's were heard from the group of early risers who braved the
cold winds that made us "Hawaii weather wimps" shiver!

One TV crew was even able to catch it on video!  The tether was about 3
moon diameters across with a brighter  point at one end (like a
pinhead).  Although Hawai'i seems to be much favored compared with  most of
the US, however, if it does enter your sky, don't miss it -  it's
spectacular!  Also, make sure that you are using the latest elements since
they are changing daily.  This satellite has about 600X's more drag than
most other satellites!