Re: intro

From: rico.briggs@utoronto.ca
Date: Thu Aug 17 2000 - 10:46:43 PDT

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    Well, there are satellites and then there are Satellites.  Prose makes the
    reading more interesting in a report of one of those really bright Iridium
    flares that brightens the sky around it, or an unusual distant satellite
    or deep space probe flyby.  What I'd like to see more of is reports of the
    resolution of satellites.  There used to be a page with some great
    pictures at a planetarium somewhere in New England, but that was sometime
    ago.  ISTR someone sent us a link to some ISS pics last week, but the
    practice seems to be irregular.  What kind of special drives and
    software does one need?
    
    On Thu, 17 Aug 2000, Markus Mehring wrote:
    
    > On Tue, 15 Aug 2000 10:19:17 -0400 (EDT), you (Walter Nissen
    > <wnissen@freenet.tlh.fl.us>) wrote:
    > 
    > >Is it a good idea to describe details of interesting objects such as
    > >SeaSat, the most recent SL/16 r/b's, EGP, the NOSS satellites, etc., or
    > >is it better simply to let beginners enjoy the thrill of discovery for
    > >themselves?
    > 
    > I guess it depends to a certain degree on how you define "beginners". At a
    > point where someone sees this shiny speck in the sky -probably for the
    > first time- and becomes aware of the fact that it must be a sat, that
    > someone is merely about to become a beginner, IMO. But once he starts to
    > dig deeper and to look for more, it is a good idea to have some sort of
    > knowledge-base or tutorial that tells beginners about special and
    > not-so-special objects and their characteristics, both as a recommended
    > read before actually observing and as a database to check after observing.
    > IMO, that wouldn't necessarily spoil the "thrill of discovery".
    
    
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