re: Mir Obs

Philip Chien (
Thu, 13 Mar 1997 23:09:01 -0500

James Byrd <> said:

>Good Morning,
>Observed Mir at zenith over southeast Virginia on 12/12/97 @ 10:43:37
>UTC. No debris noted about Mir, or Progress M33 as Vladimir Agapov
>reported earlier.
>James E. Byrd 37.17N -76.1W

I assume that was March 12th for that observation, and not nine months from
now ...

What's fascinating (at least fascinating to me) is that I observed Mir at
the very same time - from over 1000 miles away!

Of course Mir was much lower on my horizon, only about 10 degrees up, but I
was struck by the thought that as I was viewing Mir it was travelling over
the Mid Atlantic states, far north of me.

Oh yeah, Comet Hale-Boop was about 20 degrees to the right of Mir and quite
spectacular too.

Philip Chien [M1959.05.31/31.145//]