STS-91 sighting

Joseph H. Fagan (
Wed, 3 Jun 1998 02:50:51 -0400 (EDT)

I was watching NASA TV at about 12:25am EDT (4:34 UT) when the groundtrack
display indicated the shuttle would momentarily pass over northern New York.
I ran outside with a pair of 10x50 binoculars and scanned the northern sky.
Sure enough, along came Discovery about 10 degrees or so above the horizon.
I followed the yellowish speck for a minute or so before it seemed to pass
into darkness.  Thanks to Craig Cholar for pointing out that Mir (and now
the Space Shuttle) are continuously lit by the sun this time of year.  If
not for his post, I probably would not have attempted to view Discovery so
long after our local sunset here in southwest Virginia.

Joey Fagan
Blacksburg, Virginia
(N37.23  W80.42)