Re: Progress launch and obs + TiPS Question

From: Jim (kj5tf@madisoncounty.net)
Date: Mon Aug 07 2000 - 14:47:23 PDT

  • Next message: Daniel Deak: "Re: Progress launch and obs + TiPS Question"

    I checked out heavens above and I have a 14 degree SW pass at 22:08pm
    tonight here in NW Arkansas. 35.94n 93.47w
    
    I'll be watching with 7x50's as ISS & Progress enter the shadow.
    
    Thanks for the heads up!
    
    Jim
    
    
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: <Mir16609@aol.com>
    To: <SeeSat-L@blackadder.lmsal.com>
    Sent: Monday, August 07, 2000 3:59 PM
    Subject: Re: Progress launch and obs + TiPS Question
    
    
    > In a message dated 8/6/00 4:16:27 PM EDT, dan.deak@sympatico.ca writes:
    >
    > >
    > >  Progress M1-3 has been launched today at 18:27 UT toward an ISS docking
    > >  scheduled for the 9th at 20:14 UT. No TLE yet from OIG.
    >
    > According to NASA and Florida Today the docking will take place at 20:14
    UT
    > on Tuesday August 8th.
    > http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/index.html
    > http://www.flatoday.com/space/explore/stories/2000b/080700d.htm
    >
    > Prior to docking, at 4:00 EDT (08:00 UT 8/8) there will be a visible pass
    > where the ISS will pass just north of the great lakes, over Ottawa, and
    > Boston.  From the Baltimore Washington area the ISS will be in the NNE
    about
    > 28 deg above the horizon.  Hopefully the Progress will trail by a short
    > distance.
    >
    > TiPS Question:
    > Since I've been able to observe the tether on TiPS I've wondered about the
    > source of the light from the tether.  With other objects it's reflected
    > sunlight.  Since the tether is 2mm diameter acrylic yarn, am I really
    seeing
    > reflected light or the result of some electrical charge that is building
    on
    > the tether?
    >
    > If it is an electrical charge, then is the tether visible in eclipse?
    >
    > Cheers
    > Don Gardner  39.1799 N, 76.8406 W, 100m ASL
    > Homepage: http://hometown.aol.com/mir16609/
    >
    >
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