Shuttle Launch Observed from 40.1580N, 76.8040W

From: Ted A. Nichols II (tanichols@peoplepc.com)
Date: Wed Dec 05 2001 - 17:54:44 EST

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    Hello All,
    I observed the shuttle launch from near my home atop a nearby hill this
    evening. It had a clear view of the Southern and Eastern horizons.. Location
    near Yocumtown, PA at 40.1580N, 76.8040W. I started to see the shuttle about
    7 1/2 minutes after launch up until MECO.
    
    Quite Bright, and it didn't get higher than about tad short of 8 degrees
    above the horizon. Definitely an orange type glow that paved its way through
    the skies.
    
    The neat thing was from my location I could see the 4 towers of three mile
    island, and the space shuttle etched its way through the sky right above the
    quad nuclear power plants cooling towers.
    
    It was pretty neat to see the shuttle disappear after MECO as well.
    
    I also observed 2 Iridium Flares after the launch.
    05 Dec 17:24:41 -2 16 278 (W ) 63.5 km (E) -6 Iridium 33
    05 Dec 17:33:44 -0 13 280 (W ) 119.7 km (W) -6 Iridium 57
    
    The space station will soon pass over my skies to top things off this
    evening.
    
    Best Regards,
    Ted A. Nichols II
    
    
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