Re: ISS solar transit observed!

From: Marek Kozubal (
Date: Tue Feb 12 2002 - 17:44:10 EST

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    On Mon, 11 Feb 2002, Matson, Robert wrote:
    > Hi Ron and List,
    > I want to thank Ron Lee for his dedication in attempting to
    > observe a satellite transit of the sun, and congratulate him
    > on his success!  If I'm not mistaken, he's only the second
    > person (the first being Ron Dantowitz) to successfully,
    > deliberately, observe a satellite transiting the sun.  (In
    > both cases, the satellite in question was ISS).  As Ron has
    > demonstrated, persistence and mobility are the key factors
    > in successfully pulling off such a feat.  Now, can it be
    > repeated with a different (large) satellite?
    Ron Dantowitz and myself have observed a sun transit of the space shuttle
    back in 1998 I think it was.  We have 2 8" LX200's, one looking in Ha and
    one with white light and saw the shuttle crossing the disk of the
    sun.  Pretty cool I must say.  On top of that we saw this happen on 2
    consecuative orbits as we had found out that a double sun crossing was
    happening about 30 miles away from us (gotta love GPS!).
    Marek Kozubal            
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