ATV, ISS and STS123

From: Tristan Cools (
Date: Thu Mar 13 2008 - 05:17:53 UTC

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    Just had some nice passes over Belgium here.  The ATV, predicted with
    Heavens Above was some 6 minutes late. Using the Space Track elements
    I had a correct pass at 4:25 UTC.  Mag  +1.
    The combined STS123 and ISS was rather surprising bright with a pass
    of at least mag -6 to -8(the max brightness of a Iridium flare !)
    Looking through small binoculars(8X50mm), I thought they were still
    separated.  It certainly wasnt just a bright moving dot but rather
    almost two dots moving very close together although they were docked
    in reality.
    Tristan Cools
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