Mir and Progress Obs.

Sat, 31 Jan 1998 20:00:16 EST

Finally a clear night.

Mir passed between the moon and Saturn at 19:07 EST (00:07 UT).  Progress
seemed to be about 10 deg below Mir.  Mir reached about a Mag -0.5 to -1.0
after it passed Saturn.  Just proir to exit into the earth's shadow Mir passed
by gamma Andromeda.  I timed the gap between Mir and Progress to be about 20
(+/-3)seconds.  Progress was not visible at 1x.  It was probably no brighter
than 4.5-5.0. 

USA 69 (21147, 91017A) made a nice pass shortly after the Mir.  At 19:14 EST
(00:14 UT) it crossed with a descending Cosmos 1271.  At 19:15:14 EST
(00:15:14 UT) it passed just to the left of Polaris.  It brightened to about a
+0.5 to +1.0 mag after passing Polaris.  It stayed bright until exiting into
the earth's shadow at 19:17:40 EST (00:17:40 UT).

COBE was supposed to make an appearance at 18:01 EST (23:01 UT) but there was
too much light to see it.

Don Gardner
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76.8419 W, 39.1796 N,  34m ASL