Re: Mir in moonlight?

Floyd Weaver (
Fri, 8 Mar 1996 13:26:21 -0500 (EST)

On Fri, 8 Mar 1996, Astronomy Ireland wrote:

> 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!

   I thought of the possiblity during mir/sts missions when mirs size 
would be doubled with the shuttle. never tried it though. Watching for 
tracks accross the moon might be worthwhile.

Floyd Weaver

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