Mir (1 of 4) + Other Obs.

jeff@satellite.eu.org (Mir16609@aol.com)
Thu, 23 Jul 1998 23:35:30 EDT

Hello all,

I'll try to make this more than an "I saw Mir" posting.

This evening's Mir pass was through the only part of the sky not obscured by
clouds - the NNW to NNE.   It reached about a -0.5 mag as it passed through
the handle of the Big Dipper and under Polaris at 22:50 EDT (02:50 UT, 24
July)  There will be Mir passes for the next 3 evening that should be visible
for most of the NE USA.  For the folks in the Maryland area I have the Skymap
plots in JPG format at: 
http://members.aol.com/mir16609/pass.htm
Others may want to try GSOC at:
http://www.gsoc.dlr.de/satvis/
or at SkyPub at:
http://www.skypub.com/mir/uscanmex.html

The Titan IV R/B 25018 made a nice pass a few minutes after the Mir.  The
flashing does not seem to be as severe during some of the passes in the NE
part of the sky.

One last note:  The Usenet Newsgroup sci.astro.satellites.visual-observe is
*finally* available on AOL.   

Cheers.
Don Gardner
Homepage: http://members.aol.com/mir16609/
76.8419 W, 39.1796 N,  34m ASL