Mir, Progress, Soyuz?

Tyler MacKenzie (mackentd@is.dal.ca)
Mon, 2 Feb 1998 21:44:25 -0400 (AST)

Howdy folks,
	I just (22:14UT) saw Mir go by tonight and a bright companion on
the same plane ~1/2 minute behind.  I'm convinced this was Progress M-37
as it agreed closely with the 26 second lag predicted by my SpySat with
brand-new ElSets from VSO.  My quick calculations put this at a "safe
distance" park at ~200km from Mir.  I didn't think to stay and watch for
Soyuz.  One nagging thought, though: "Progress" was bright, at 1-1.5 mags
less than Mir it was more than I would expect. Easy naked eye target from
the middle of a big city in late twilight.

Tyler (Joe Stats) MacKenzie
Department of Oceanography, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada
44.636N 63.595W 50m ASL