Bright Moon, Dim Shuttle
Wed, 22 Dec 1999 20:09:28 EST

After being clouded out for the past 2 days I was really looking forward to 
the STS-103 passes this evening.  At 23:07 UTC Discovery/HST passed in the 
south about 18 deg above the horizon.   This was the first shuttle pass above 
10 deg of elevation that i have observed where it never was visible at 1x.  
It was in the +5.0/5.5 range.

Later at 00:45 UTC,  23 December, it was a negative obs for the minute or so 
it was more than 10 deg above the horizon in the SW. 

The ISS reached +2.5 mag as it passes 30 deg above the horizon in the west at 
23:46 UTC.

I realize that this is not the brightest moon in 133 years but it is bright 
enough for me.      

Don Gardner  39.1796 N, 76.8419 W, 34m ASL

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