My first Satellite sighting!

Hedgepet@stihl.de
Tue, 15 Dec 1998 16:54:07 +0100

Everyone,

I just had to write you all this morning about my sighting of Mir last
night.  It was my very first sighting of a satellite since I joined the
group last week.  Just my luck, since I joined up last week the skies have
been cloudy and rainy here (36.7657N 76.2191W, 6m).

I downloaded a list of visible satellite passes from the GSOC Visible
Satellites Home Page yesterday.  Last evening at the appointed time, I went
out into my back yard and looked up.  What a rush!!!

There she was, as bright as could be.  She arrived at the appointed time in
the NW, passed very close to Jupiter on her way SW.  She was brighter than
Saturn.

I was so excited I called my roommate outside to show her.  Then I went
inside (I was bare-footed in 40F weather!) and called my brother to share
the news with him.

I look forward to many more exciting sightings.  Thank you all for sharing
such a wonderful hobby.

I promise not to bore you with an e-mail about every sighting in the future;
but I just had to share this one with you.

Troy E. Hedgepeth
Chesapeake, Virginia, USA
36.7657N 76.2191W, 6m