FW: AstroAlert: Space-Station Magnitude Estimates Needed

From: Ulrich Beinert (analemma@gmx.de)
Date: Thu Dec 14 2000 - 01:32:38 PST

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    > -----Original Message-----
    > From: owner-meteor@skypub.com [mailto:owner-meteor@skypub.com]On Behalf
    > Of Kelly Beatty
    > Sent: Wednesday, December 13, 2000 8:12 PM
    > To: asteroid@skypub.com; meteor@skypub.com; variable-star@skypub.com
    > Subject: AstroAlert: Space-Station Magnitude Estimates Needed
    >
    >
    > SPACE-STATION MAGNITUDE ESTIMATES NEEDED
    >
    > In an attempt to quantify how bright the International Space Station
    > "Alpha" appears to ground-based observers, SKY & TELESCOPE is asking
    > selected AstroAlert subscribers to make visual sightings of the spacecraft
    > and to report the stations's apparent magnitude to the magazine. Note that
    > the space station will be especially well placed for evening
    > viewing during
    > the coming week.
    >
    > Please keep your report(s) brief, as the results may be
    > tabulated, and send
    > a separate report for each sighting. Include the following information:
    >
    > -- your name and location (city/town, state/province, country)
    > -- date and *local* time of the observation
    > -- time after sundown (or before sunrise) of the observation (in minutes)
    > -- direction of ISS track across your sky (beginning to end, e.g.
    > NW to SE)
    > -- maximum altitude attained by ISS above the horizon (in degrees)
    > -- apparent brightness at pass's *midpoint* (estimate to nearest half
    > magnitude)
    > -- apparent *maximum* brightness (to half magnitude and where along track)
    > -- describe any unusual phenomena (flashes, etc)
    >
    > Please send your report to:   iss@skypub.com
    >
    > (Note that, by submitting a report, you are authorizing Sky Publishing to
    > utilize your observation in its print and electronic publications.)
    >
    > For sighting predictions, please refer to one of these sources:
    > http://www.skypub.com/sights/satellites/iss_na.shtml (North America)
    > http://www.skypub.com/sights/satellites/iss_world.html (elsewhere
    > worldwide)
    > http://www.hq.nasa.gov/osf/station/viewing/issvis.html
    > http://www.heavens-above.com
    >
    > Thank you for your help!
    >
    > Clear skies,
    > Kelly Beatty
    > Excecutive Editor
    > SKY & TELESCOPE
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