From: Leo Barhorst (
Date: Sun Feb 27 2000 - 02:27:10 PST

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    Just back from a winterholliday in Austria.
    The snow was good. Almost every day (night) there was some
    snowfall. Good for the skiing, but bad for observing satellites.
    I could not do any useful observing.
    The evening we left for Austria, 11 februari, I 've seen the shuttle
    and the ET.
    Watching CNN I saw the launch at 17:40 UT; 15 minutes later I
    went outside and start looking for the shuttle and the ET.
    At 18:01 I saw two bright lights appear in the northwest, moving 
    fast to the north to an elevation of about 60 degrees.
    The object highest in the sky was shining white at mag -3; the lower
    object (about half the moon's diameter distance) was clearly reddish.
    So I suppuse that this was the ET, based on the colour of the isolation
    of the ET. 
    After half a minute I saw three 'clouds' appear round the ET; at a regular
    120 degrees. They gradually got bigger and become also diffuser.
    About a minut later the were almost gone. The colour of the ET became
    more reddish as it came into the earthshadow.
    Then the shuttle also become reddish as it got into the earthshadow.
    And soon thereafter both the ET and Shuttle faded out and became 
    It was a nice sight seeing the shuttle and the ET.
    Can someone explain what the clouds where I saw around the ET?
     Perhaps this was already discussed on Seesat-L but I've been
    unsubscribed for two weeks.
    Greetings and clear, dark skies
    Leo Barhorst
    52.767 N  5.09 E  2 m ASL
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