ISS Glint seen Jan09 2001 14:40 UT

From: Craig Cholar (3432P@VM1.CC.NPS.NAVY.MIL)
Date: Tue Jan 09 2001 - 06:57:34 PST

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    Greetings everyone,
    during a 77 deg. elevation pre-dawn Jan09 pass I saw a bright glint/flare
    from ISS as I tracked it through my newtonian scope.  Not expecting such
    an event, I didn't get an exact time of maxiumum magnitude, but glanced
    at my watch shortly after the flare began to recede in brightness and
    and noted the local time was 06:40:44.  My magnitude estimate would have
    have it approaching Venus in brightness, but that is a rough guess;
    It far outshown Vega which was only about 7 degrees away from
    the glint.
    
    I later estimated that the glint reached maximum brightness at
    Azimuth 56.2, Elev 32.4 at 14:40:42 UT, with the help of Skymap to
    plot the path.
    
    On a less technical note, the view of the ISS through the scope
    was simply amazing.  The coppery-orange color of the panels and
    their elongated shape were a treat to watch.  I was fortunate to see
    this pass because a large cloud front was moving in from the west
    and had already obliterated the western sky.  Fortunately the eastern
    half was still clear so I saw the pass unhindered.
    
     Craig Cholar    3432P@VM1.CC.NPS.NAVY.MIL
     Marina, California
     36 41 10.3N,  121 48 17.9W    (36.6862, -121.8050)      UTC -8
    
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