Further ISS-STS120 obs

From: Robert Holdsworth (robbonz1@xtra.co.nz)
Date: Sat Oct 27 2007 - 13:16:55 EDT

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    The complex was observed here on an "overhead" pass in a strongly moonlit 
    and mostly clear sky  - acquired at 16:22:41 UTC above the hills at around 
    12 degrees elevation, and "lost" before descending below the Eastern hills.
    at 16:27:26.      Steady most of the time but did not reach much higher 
    than -2, lower than expected.   But most interestingly it DROPPED  in 
    magnitude for a second or so twice just before culmination at 89 degrees 
    above my head.   I almost felt like waving to them :-)
    
    The previous low pass to the south at 1449 UTC was not observed, apart from 
    a possible flash around shadow exit- not certain about this one.
    
    Quote from one of the astronauts during yesterday's EVA (approximately, 
    wording) "I didn't  expect to bring Harmony to the station but we sure 
    brought some fun!"
    
    After several years of watching the ISS it never loses its fascination 
    listening to the ISS and STS activity as they pass over our heads, and has 
    been well worth the effort of disrupted sleep.
    
    Robert Holdsworth
    Wainuiomata
    New Zealand
    174.848E
    41.261S
    UTC plus 13. 
    
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