Obs 14 December

Mon, 14 Dec 1998 18:46:59 EST

Hello Everyone.

Viewing conditions were were good this evening, even with the ambient multi-
colored lights.

USA 32 was right on time, passing over the Seven Sisters at 22:34:30 UTC.
There was, as always, some sparkling.

Iridium 65 flared to the predicted 0 mag in the south at 22:45:34 UTC.  There
was no secondary flare.

ATEX/STEx  passed over Perseus at 23:04:10 UTC.  The magnitude was no brighter
than 6.5 and it seemed to fluctuate a little but not in any pattern.  In the
southern sky the object dimmed.

The Mir passed over Altair at  23:08:45 UTC.  For most of the pass it was
about a -2.5 mag.  At 23:09:00 it flared to a -3.0.

Don Gardner
Homepage: http://hometown.aol.com/mir16609/
39.1796 N, 76.8419 W, 34m ASL