Re: magnitude +2.0

From: Edward Zigoy via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_lists.seesatmail.org>
Date: Mon, 15 May 2023 12:45:29 -0700
Spotted the Starlink (G5-9) "train" pass at 05:10z 15 May /23 elevation 35° 
W to SE  magnitude 2.5 before moving into the shadow.
Lat & Long =  45.54N 122.85W
sidereal clock =  12h 29.3m LST

-----Original Message----- 
From: David Moore(Ireland) via Seesat-l
Sent: Monday, 15 May, 2023 09:46
To: seesat-l_at_lists.seesatmail.org
Subject: magnitude +2.0

Dear "seesat" mailing list:
I saw 50 of the Starlink G2-9 batch fly over Ireland last night (May 15d 
02:04UT) at a range of about 500km and was shocked to see them at around 
magnitude +2.0  (i.e. about as bright as Polaris)  after 4.3 days (103 
hours) in orbit.
Any idea what magnitude they will fade to when at their operational height 
and passing overhead?
I've lost touch and don't know if SpaceX are still doing things to reduce 
their brightness?Hope so!
That said, it was an incredible light show to the naked eye with 50 'North 
Stars' equally space across what must have been 100 degrees of sky!
Didn't think they would be that bight or I would have video'd them like 
Kevin Fetter did!
David MooreAstronomy Ireland magazine

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