ISS / STS-98 pass Obs. + Mir Reentry

From: Mir16609@aol.com
Date: Thu Feb 08 2001 - 16:13:59 PST

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    Visibllity was as bad as it gets short of being overcast.   Limiting mag was 
    about +1.5.
    
    Both the ISS and Atlantis rose in the WSW, passed nearly directly overhead 
    and descended in the NE.
    
    The brightness of the ISS was about zero - somewhere between  Jupiter and 
    Saturn for most of the pass.  Atlantis was somewhat brighter - about -1 with 
    occasional flares to -2.5.  One flare occurrd as it passed about 10 deg left 
    of Venus (235Az, 30el) at 23:35:50 UTC.  The other occurred at 23:37:20 just 
    as it went north of Capella.
    
    There is a report from Reuters about an expedition to see the Mir's reentry:
    http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010208/sc/space_mir_dc_2.html
    
    Cheers,
    Don Gardner  39.1799 N, 76.8406 W, 100m ASL
    http://hometown.aol.com/mir16609/
    
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