re: The Great Comet of 1996, Mir, STS-76

Philip Chien (
Sun, 24 Mar 1996 02:33:52 -0400

dk058@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Walter Nissen) said:
>I am horribly conflicted about posting this message.  The plainly evident
>general interest demands that it be posted, but as a guardian of list
>purity, I am pained.
>Finally, I escaped much of the light pollution to make a half decent OBS of
>The Great Comet of 1996, Hyakutake, 1996 B2.

Now hold on a second here!  Comet 1986 B2 *is* a satellite.  Granted it's a
satellite in orbit around the sun, but it is *certainly* a satellite, and
*certainly* visible.

So I would certainly say that it qualifies within the interests of seesat's

>I caught sight of STS-76 emerging from the shadow 14m 2.49s after catching
>sight of the Mir Complex at about 960323 093350.

my compliments on the accuracy of your watch.  ;-)

Philip Chien, Earth News - space writer and consultant  PCHIEN@IDS.NET
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