Wow!!!! STS91 pass Tuesday evening over Albuquerque, NM

Robert Smathers (
Tue, 9 Jun 1998 23:16:03 -0600 (MDT)

Holy %^&* the Shuttle was bright tonight!

I caught a reasonably good pass - 11pm MDT pass and it didn't go into
the earth's shadow until it was about 35 deg up from the horizon.
the whole entire pass was a 75 deg pass but only a portion was
seen.  The best pass I think Albuquerque has had for a while (definitely
best in the time that it happened, others have been lower and more around
midnight or 1am, too late to stay up when I have to go to work the next

It was so bright that it had to be a magnitude -2 (it was as bright or just
brighter than Sirius in the Betelguese/Sirius/Procyon winter bright star

by far the brightest I can ever remember the shuttle being.

Mir wasn't so spectacular - dim, prb. a mag +3.   Mir suffered the same
fate about 35 deg up from the horizon that the shuttle did.

de fcc sgn, Robert Smathers  (   Albuquerque, NM USA
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