ISS pass close to Jupiter during "marathon" series

From: Robert Holdsworth (
Date: Thu Dec 18 2003 - 10:57:02 EST

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    I have not had the opportunity to observe any of our "marathon" ISS  passes
    until now owing to work commitments for the evening ones and the need to get
    some sleep during the rest of them!  We are moving premises at work so it
    comes at a difficult time until the weekend.
    (For those who may have missed the earlier correspondence the ISS is close
    to the terminator and it is near our summer solstice giving us up to 6
    visible passes a day.)
    However I have made a point of observing an ISS pass just under an hour ago
    as it was predicted to cross Jupiter.
    In fact it did not appear to this observer to transit, but appeared to be a
    few arcseconds to the NorthEast at 03:59:06 local on 19 December 03
    (14:59:06 18 December UTC.)
    I am no expert at positional observation but Heavens Above showed the
    following position for the predicted transit using the detailed star chart:
    RA 11h 18 min, Dec +5.9"
    Az 51 degrees (NE), elev 28 degrees
    which correlates reasonably well with the position shown for Jupiter.
    Brightness was around the predicted -0.8 in a perfectly clear summer early
    morning sky - at last we do not have our seemingly endless cloud that has
    been plaguing us a large proportion of the time over the last few months.
    Has anyone observed five or six passes in 24 hours during a "marathon"
    similar to this one?
    Robert Holdsworth
    New Zealand
    41.2610S, 174.9470E
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