Mir in moonlight?

Astronomy Ireland (ai@iol.ie)
Fri, 8 Mar 1996 01:25:46 +0000 (GMT)

Has anyone considered the possibility of seeing Mir when it is in the 
earth's shadow but is lit by moonlight?

I doubt it is possible as Moon is 14 mag dimmer than Sun so presumably 
Mir is mag +12 in moonlight if it is -2 in sunlight (though I have seen 
it flare to mag -6 presumably when sun glints off solar panels).
Is this the correct way to think of this problem?

Of course could always watch out for Mir's silhoutte crossing the Moon!

David Moore BSc FRAS <ai@iol.ie>                    http://www.iol.ie/~ai

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