Re: Mir Flare?

JAY RESPLER (jrespler@superlink.net)
Thu, 15 Jul 1999 00:31:02 -0400

Tom Rothamel wrote:
> Earlier tonight, I was watching Mir pass by from the parking lot of SUNY
> Farmingdale (40.7230 N 73.4250 E, around 0 altitude.). The pass was
> going normally, reaching it's maximum elevation around 22:31 EDT. This
> should have roughly coencided with maximum brightness for the pass, but it
> didn't. As it was descending and dimming, it suddenly gained brightness,
> exceeding by quite a bit the predicted maximum. (It may have also gotten
> bigger in size, but this could have been an illusion.)

I saw the same pass and brightening from NJ. The size change was an
illusion.

> I'd like to know if there's anything that's known that could cause this.

You get to see more of the solar panels.

> (I think I should also note that just after we saw Mir disappear into the
>  light pollution, we saw a meteor streak across the sky. Bonus.)

I didn't get that though.

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