Re: Mir & Progress seen

Tristan Cools (
Thu, 4 Feb 1999 20:01:30 +0100 (CET)

At 18:16 4-02-99 +0000, you wrote:

>Mir was leading Progress M-40 by 8 arcminutes (about 0.7 second) at
>17:46 UTC as they dipped towards eclipse in the SE as seen from
>Edinburgh. I just caught the end of a 35 deg altitude transit which had
>been largely hidden by cloud. At a range of ~1200 km, Mir was about
>magnitude 1 and Progress (& Znamya) about mag 3.5. No
>flares/glints/whatever seen from Znamya during the <30 sec I followed
>them (Yes, I know there is a snag with its deployment).

I've seen the same pass over Belgium.  Just 20 minutes before Mir/Progress
transit it was still very cloudy.  Then it became very clear and I could
follow the whole transit.  I've got it on videotape and on photographs.
People who where with me were very impressed although the solar mirror
didn't deploy.

Mir had a magnitude of about -1.5 and progress +1.


Tristan Cools
BWGS Member - Belgian Working Group Satellites

Observing at: Damse Vaart: 3.2486E/51.2279N/Rijckevelde:
3.2867E/51.2054N/Brugge: 3.1611E/51.2108N