Re: I saw ISS !

From: Markus Mehring (
Date: Wed Dec 12 2001 - 18:15:32 EST

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    On Wed, 12 Dec 2001 10:35:49 -0800, you ("Dale Ireland"
    <>) wrote:
    >Love that header don't you :)
    Brilliant, thanks a lot. >:)
    >Well, we did see ISS/Shuttle last night and it was great. 20mi west of
    >Seattle 5:11pm local time. Great geometry, it went right overhead 75deg
    >elevation and then almost 100% illumination before it went into shadow about
    >25 degrees above the horizon. I have seen a lot of passes and I am
    >estimating it at -6+ at max, possibly the brightest pass I have seen.
    I saw the combo IIRC on Monday (first really good obs possibility around
    here, and so far the only one), no reddish tint at all, but I can confirm
    the IMO unusual brightness. Actually it seems to me that the notable
    brightness has recently been mentioned more than before. Is this the
    station slowly growing (a module here, an airlock there...), or this just
    the dark northern winter skies that make people perceive it brighter, or is
    there anything else behind this? I don't recall previous obs of a
    Shuttle/ISS combo being so bright.
    CU!	Markus
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