Spectacular ISS Pass

From: Edward S Light (edlight@juno.com)
Date: Thu Dec 28 2000 - 15:17:56 PST

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    We just saw what was likely the best ISS (98-067A = 25544) pass since it
    "got its wings."
    
    Rising in the WNW through Draco, at which time it resembled Vega (mag =
    0),
    it brightened steadily as it climbed when, at 61 deg elevation, 351 deg
    azimuth,
    at about 17:49:20 EST (22:49:20 UTC on 28 December 2000), +/- 5 seconds,
    it flared to slightly brighter than Venus' -4.3 magnitude.
    
    As it continued through Cassiopeia, it "dimmed" to the same brightness as
    Jupiter's -2.7, which brightness it maintained as it passed between
    Jupiter
    and Saturn.
    
    No clear shape was discernable in 10x50 binoculars (although they were
    hand-held and because of the wind and my shivering, not very steady).
    
    Also, the coppery-red hue seen in earlier passes was absent; to us ISS
    was white with perhaps a tinge of yellow in color on this pass.
    
    
    Clear and dark skies!
    
    Ed and Darlene Light
    Lakewood, New Jersey, USA
    40.1075N, 074.2312W, +24m (80 feet)
    
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