Mir and August 11 eclipse

Eberst (eberst@cableinet.co.uk)
Sun, 18 Jul 1999 07:35:27 -0700 (PDT)

Hi All,
 I have been taking a look at Mir predictions for August 11 around the time 
of eclipse totality.  I find a transit across Europe at approx 10:20 U.T.
for the Mir space station. With still 20+ days to go, there must be a 
possible variation of 5 minutes either way. There is also the possibility
of boosting/manoeuvring. However, if there are no major orbital changes,
then observers in the Dieppe/Le Havre region have a fair chance of
spotting Mir at or near the time of totality. Its brightness will be
diminished by being immersed in the Penumbra, but it may well provide
an opportunity for the first ever sighting of a satellite during a
solar eclipse.
best wishes 
Russell  Eberst  @   North: 55 degrees, 56 minutes, 55 seconds:
West:  3 degrees, 8 minutes, 18 seconds: 
43metres (150 feet) above sea-level.      172295 Observations