Re: Mir and Shadow Entry Q

From: Alan White (
Date: Wed Jan 12 2000 - 05:25:31 PST

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    have not been able to view Mir at predicted times.  location southern 
    california 33.6245 -117.8514
    i am using predictions for los angeles about 40 miles 
    distance and german prediction using above coordinates.
    any suggestions?
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    Subject: Mir and Shadow Entry Q
    Date: 12/11/1999 10:32am
    Jan. 11, 2000
    after the clouds....(actually one sheet of overcast manifested just 
    before sunset,
    the only cloud in the southeastern US. I could, after sunset, see 
    clear sky from the
    horizon up to ten degrees all the way around the compass)...odd.
    Mir- Shadow entry predicted at 00:43:22 to 00:43:32, observed until 
    at mag 2.0, I ceased observing and missed actual shadow entry as I was 
    notes on its apparent "collision" with Cosmos 925 rk.  They actually 
    to merge at 00:43:29.62, quite a sight in binoculars both near 2.0.  
    They were only 76 km apart on the meeting based on ranges from obs 
    Article in local paper about the U.S. company (Golden Apple??) trying 
    to keep Mir in
    orbit, apparently they've made a 7 million payment on the 20 million 
    deal, story
    by Hearst.
    Sorry for this question, (as I believe it was addressed recently on 
    list, although I can't find it),  is there any reason for noting time 
    of shadow entry?, does it tell the analyst anything about a decaying 
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