Re: ETS-7 binary

Richard Hines (
Wed, 26 Aug 1998 22:29:20 -0400

Managed to see this binary pair through cloud breaks from Hurricane Bonnie
here in central South Carolina, Aug. 26th. They rose out of west coming
overhead at Mag 3 each, about 1/4 degree apart. Really nice sight.


At 11:20 AM 8/26/98 -0700, you wrote:
>Hi All,
>I too observed the ETS-7 pair (97-074B, 97-074E) make a 73-degree
>culmination pass from Belmont Shore, CA, at 3:39:40 UTC August 26.
>Estimated separation was around 0.1 degrees.  (They could not be
>resolved as separate objects without binoculars.)  For much of the
>pass, the two satellites were of equal brightness -- around 2nd
>magnitude.  As the pair descended into the east northeast, one
>of the two (presumably the target, E) gradually dimmed at least a
>couple magnitudes relative to the other.  --Rob