Re: ISS pass close to Jupiter during "marathon" series

From: Robert Holdsworth (
Date: Sat Dec 20 2003 - 13:20:50 EST

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    Thanks to those who have responded with information and comments concerning
    this pass and also the ISS "marathon" in general.   Jay Keplar appears to
    hold the record for the ISS "marathon."
    The marathon continues with six passes for tonight and clear skies forecast
    and at last I will have the time and energy to check out at least some of
    Just to clarify one point- my local time was queried for the Jupiter flyby -
    the time given was correct as we are UTC plus 13 during daylight saving.
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: "Robert Holdsworth" <>
    To: "Seesat List" <>
    Sent: Friday, December 19, 2003 4:57 AM
    Subject: ISS pass close to Jupiter during "marathon" series
    > I have not had the opportunity to observe any of our "marathon" ISS
    > until now owing to work commitments for the evening ones and the need to
    > 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
    > as it was predicted to cross Jupiter.
    > In fact it did not appear to this observer to transit, but appeared to be
    > 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
    > 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
    > Wainuiomata
    > New Zealand
    > 41.2610S, 174.9470E
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