ISS and Shuttle and Lacrosee 5 Disappearance Trick

From: Gerhard HOLTKAMP (
Date: Tue Jun 19 2007 - 17:21:06 EDT

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    It was quite  busy here over my sky half an hour ago (20:30 UTC, 19-JUN-07). I 
    observed the ISS and Atlantis with a 3 inch apo scope at 60x magnification 
    and they were both within the field of view. And I can confirm that Atlantis 
    was trailing. On former occasions I always have seen the Shuttle leading. But 
    there was no mistaking the ISS solar arrays! I also looked just with my naked 
    eyes and it was one of the most pretty sights I have seen satellite-wise. 
    That was followed ten minutes later by a high (73 deg elevation pass) of 
    Lacrosse 5. It was first bright around mag 2 then dimmed to less than mag 4 
    close to its highest elevation (around 20:42:30 UTC - I did not take the time 
    accurately). After a minute or so it started to brighten up again. At which 
    time IGS 1B showed up in the East and had a variable brightness pass.
    Gerhard HOLTKAMP
    Darmstadt, Germany
    49.8822 N, 8.6558 E
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