Re: Atlantis & ISS

From: Ralph McConahy (
Date: Thu Apr 18 2002 - 00:17:24 EDT

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    Sue wrote:
    >>I saw a very nice flying-in-tandem pass of the pair a
    >>little earlier this evening...separated by about
    >>6 degrees,...Both appeared to be about the same
    Ed added:
    >> to see the same pass...several km SSE of
    >>Sue's location... also appeared to me to be the
    >>same brightness.
    Saw both from Southern Calif beginning at 0352UT, which I believe was one
    rev after Sue and Ed's pass. By this time they were separated by about
    15-20. Both appeared the same magnitude but near culmination the Shuttle
    seemed to have a little yellow coloration to it (could have been early
    stages of shadow entry). I've seen the Shuttle and ISS undocked before, but
    this is the closest I've seen two objects together in the sky that both had
    people on board, which added to the experience.
    One nice sight was a long flare from the ISS solar panels, seen through some
    trees, when it was rising at about 20 elevation; I'd guess about mag -2.
      Ralph McConahy
      34.8829N  117.0064W 670m
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