RE: A Worthy Farewell - A Mir Flare

From: Ulrich Beinert (analemma@gmx.de)
Date: Tue Mar 06 2001 - 12:11:59 PST

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    Yes, I also saw that flare. It reached around mag. -6 here, 50-60 degrees
    over the WNW horizon. I have a few CCD video stills showing this. I'm not
    sure I'm allowed to attach things to messages to SeeSat, so it anyone is
    interested in seeing it (or if it's allowed), just drop me a note.
    
    Ulrich
    
    > -----Original Message-----
    > From: Cees Bassa [mailto:c.g.bassa@phys.uu.nl]
    > Sent: Tuesday, March 06, 2001 9:05 PM
    > To: SeeSat-L@blackadder.lmsal.com
    > Subject: A Worthy Farewell - A Mir Flare
    >
    >
    > Hoi List,
    >
    > Finally the weather cooperated for one evening and I was able to view
    > probably my last pass of Mir since bad weather is expected for tomorrow.
    >
    > It was a nice high pass, 78, some 30 minutes after sunset.
    > Venus, Jupiter and
    > Saturn were visible at that time and my mom spotted Mir first,
    > some 50 high in
    > the west. Brightness was about -1 at that time, increasing to -2
    > or so near
    > culmination. Culmination occured at 17:54:44 UTC and around this
    > time there
    > was a
    > 5 second flare to a magnitude of -4, -5, equalling the brightness
    > of Venus.
    >
    > I was quite astonished by the velocity at which Mir crossed my
    > sky. I have
    > never
    > seen a satellite travelling that fast with respect to the stars.
    > Quite a sight.
    >
    > All in all a worthy farewell of this famous satellite. Rest in Peace Mir.
    >
    > Regards,
    > 	Cees Bassa
    >
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