Mir, Progress M32 and Soyuz TM24

Tristan Cools (tcools@nic.INbe.net)
Mon, 19 Aug 1996 01:54:39 +0200 (MET DST)

Just saw Mir at 20h29m UT (Sunday 18) followed by Progress M32 at 7.95s.
Magnificent sight !   Mir had was of magniutude -1 and Progress was some 2
magnitudes fainter.
Later on, at 20h32m15s UT there was a fast moving object, mag +2 (200km?) on
the same path of Mir and Progress M32 but it quickly disappeared in the
Earth's shadow confirming its lower orbit.  Could this be Soyuz TM24
?(shouldn't it be in front of Mir ????)  Maybe it could be the Soyuz upper
stage but I could't see any flash behaviour.(because of its soon shadow
entrance it was possible I saw only one broad maxima and I could only
observe it for a very short time)

I also believe that I saw 96-45C and B this evening but I have to check
there orbits with new elements from OIG because it seemed that they were
some significant degrees of track.(because of high drag values I presume)
One of these objects was very nicely flashing with three maxima on top of
one period.


Greetings,
Tristan Cools
tcools@nic.INbe.net
51.13N  3.16E