Priroda observed following Mir!

Doug Biggerstaff (dbig@interlog.com)
Thu, 25 Apr 1996 00:07:12 -0400

Greetings again,

Wow, 2 posts in as many nights, this is getting to be a habit!

a couple of friends and I observed Priroda this evening (04-25-96, 01:25:00 UT)
following Mir!

I estimate about 40 degrees separated the two objects, Priroda was bright,
about -1 in magnitude, and redder than Mir!  It also seemed that it was
visibly moving faster than Mir, but maybe that's just because I knew it
should be.

The most interesting thing though was that they were not on the same orbital
plane, Priroda was farther east.  I could see that it was not directly
following Mir's path.  Also, Mir entered the Earth's shadow at about 25 EL
and 110 AZ, where Priroda entered a touch sooner, near 40 EL, and 60-70 AZ
from my location.  There was a pretty large separation between them, but they
entered the shadow at basically the same time.??

Is this just the Russian way?

Also, since I'm on the subject, I find that most of the Russian Mir docking
launches, ie, Soyuz and Progress are not favourable from Toronto (Eastern
North America), due, I believe to geography mostly and Mir's orbit.  Yet
for this one, I've got a front row seat!  Not that I'm complaining. :-)

Any info on this would be most appreciated, by myself and maybe some others
on the list.  Thanks in advance!

Anyways, TTFN and keep your eyes on the skies!
Douglas Biggerstaff, Toronto
dbig@interlog.com