Space Camp Satellite Watching

From: Patrick (patrickfwd@yahoo.com)
Date: Fri Jul 07 2000 - 13:50:25 PDT

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    I'm off to Space Camp this week!  I'm sure it will be fun, but I'm not as enthusiastic about it as most kids would be... They make
    the brochure look so cool but I'm guessing all the "Astronaut Training" is pretty fakey stuff.  Anyway, I was thinking it would be
    cool to show all the other kids there (and maybe some of the instructors) how many satellites you can see from the ground.  The
    Space Camp I'm going to is in Huntsville, AL, lat 34.7145 long -86.6292.  I looked for some interesting passes with a significant
    WOW! factor, and I found that on the 10th (Monday)  There will be a -7.4 mag Iridium flare.  For me it will a be a "whoop-de doo
    there goes another one" kind of thing but I'm sure I'll get a good response from them!  Maybe I'll tell them I can predict when the
    extraterrestrial ships orbiting the earth will zap space camp with their ray guns.  Then when the flare shows up I'll be worshiped
    by everyone :).  I'll probably also show them a few Lacrosse passes, they might get a kick out of the fact that they are
    "classified"  sats.  Did anyone else here go to space camp?  Anyway, I'll be back next Friday and I'll be sure to give a report on
    what happens!
    
    Patrick
    
    
    
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