Great Mir Pass

From: Patrick (
Date: Wed Jun 28 2000 - 20:55:35 PDT

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    I saw a great -1.4 mag from Mir tonight at 3:36 UTC.  It passed almost straight overhead, and was probably the best all around sat
    pass I've seen yet.  In my 10x50s I *think* I could see not just the usual point of light, but a defined, elongated shape instead.
    Is this possible?  Maybe it was just the glare, but at the time Mir was only 6 kilometers from perigee (257 vs. tonight's 263), so
    if detail is ever visible in 10x50s it should have been there tonight.  Good show!
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