Re: Znamya Test Over Quebec City

Daniel Deak (
Tue, 02 Feb 1999 17:41:40 -0500

Hello everyone,

I contacted Vladimir Agapov about the Znamya experiment earlier
this week. He forwarded my comments and questions to Vladimir
Syromyatnikov, program director for the Znamya experiment. He said
that all amateur and professional observations and measurements will
be welcomed. We can forward our reports to him by e-mail at or at
The web site for the experiment can be found at :

I'm preparing an expedition to observe the phenomena to the east of
Quebec City. Since the sun's reflection will move along a path only 6
to 8 km wide, I'll check with the last minute elset to have better chance
of being right underneath.

For now, the weather is uncertain and we could be at the edge of shadow
entry. I will check with the newer elset.

Dan wrote :

> The latest elset for Mir:
> Mir                                              368 x 348
> 1 16609U 86017A   99033.62215070 -.00705684  00000-0 -60986-2 0  1783
> 2 16609  51.6621 313.1101 0015148  80.9915 279.1017 15.70324883740230
> dramatically changes the prediction time for the visible passes this week
> again.
> The Znamya test over Quebec City on 4 February, 23:56 UTC (18:56 local) will
> be visible in the DC area and to the north.  The entry into eclipse occurs at
> 18:57:30 due north at 14 deg above the horizon from this area.  Since the
> mirror will be focused on Quebec City I'm not quite sure what to expect but it
> should be worth a look.
> For those in the area I'll keep an update of the plot of the pass at:
> Cheers
> Don Gardner
> Homepage:
> 76.8419 W, 39.1796 N,  34m ASL

Daniel Deak
St-Bonaventure, Québec  <>
COSPAR site 1745 : 45.9483°N, 72.6539°W, 58 m., UTC-5:00