FW: Shuttle In Shadow And New Telescope

From: MALEY, PAUL D. (JSC-DO) (paul.d.maley1@jsc.nasa.gov)
Date: Tue Oct 17 2000 - 04:47:04 PDT

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    Several years ago, I videotaped the Shuttle inside the earth's shadow
    illuminated only by its floodlights. The brightness was +6 magnitude. The
    video was shown at the last EUROSOM satellite observers conference.
    
    On a separate note, I observed the STS-92 and ISS from Antwerp, Belgium Oct.
    13 (evening) from the roof of Hotel Antigone as the Shuttle was 7 minutes
    from docking. Unfortunately it was not possible to separate the two
    optically, but the pass was only 11 degrees elevation and in between cloud
    banks.
    
    Paul
    
    
    -----Original Message-----
    From: Patrick Walsh [mailto:patrickfwd@yahoo.com]
    Sent: Monday, October 16, 2000 9:46 PM
    To: SeeSat-L
    Cc: patrickfwd@yahoo.com
    Subject: Shuttle In Shadow And New Telescope
    
    
    Hi Everyone,
      I'm still astounded by the fact that the shuttle's
    floodlights, or any floodlights for that matter, are
    visible from 500 miles away.  Is more info available
    on viewing the shuttle in shadow?  I haven't been able
    to find anything using web or usenet searches. 
    Specifically, what direction are the flood lights
    pointed in, are they currently shining on the ISS, are
    they always on, and how much would orientation of the
    shuttle affect visiblity?  Has anyone else (other than
    Daniel Deak, Mike Waterman, and Tony Beresford) made
    observations of the shuttle in shadow?  What were the
    circumstances?  Unfortunately, it has been cloudy here
    for the past four or five days, so I have yet to see
    the shuttle.  On another note, I ordered my first
    telescope (unless you count a worthless department
    store refractor) yesterday, an Orion 10" Dobsonian. 
    It should be delivered in about six weeks.  I can't
    wait!
    
    Patrick
    
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