Re: ISS occulting Venus transiting the Sun

From: Thomas Fly (thomasfly@j2ee-consultants.com)
Date: Thu Dec 04 2003 - 23:34:15 EST

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    > ISS Venus
    > 1 25544U 98067A   04159.33513226 -.00000042  00000-0 -33560-6 0  8400
    > 2 25544  51.6298  18.6515 0006280 188.6155 171.4733 15.65067524316736
    
    I've tried this- which had identical results (to the second!) with simply
    propagating the latest NASA MCC TLE forward 6 months.  Strangely enough, the
    previous conclusions haven't changed much: one orbit prior to Venus' "greatest
    transit," India may be a good place to observe both the transit of Venus and a
    transit of the ISS.
    
    On the next orbit- nearer the greatest transit- South Africa currently looks
    promising.  On the orbit after that, Iraq is a possibility (if you don't mind
    having RPGs launched at you- maybe you could get Venus & the ISS & an RPG all
    silhouetted against the sun at the same time).
    
    It still doesn't look good for Europe.
    
    http://iss-transit.sourceforge.net/IssVenusTransit.html
    
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