Re: Follow the Leader

From: Jeff Umbarger (
Date: Fri Mar 28 2008 - 23:25:12 UTC

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    Hey Mike,
         Welcome aboard! (We need that bell ringing tone
    that the ISS sounds when the Shuttle docks!) I believe
    you and I were looking at the same thing at the same
    time. And speaking of hurricanes, I was standing right
    against the new part of the levee in New Orleans at
    the causeway bridge on Wednesday March 26 at 1:15UT
    (Tuesday night New Oleans time) watching a 38 degree
    pass in the southeast. This was a little over one hour
    after separation. So to my unaided eye I could *not*
    see any separation although I looking for it. And yes
    the ISS/Shuttle stayed illuminated well after (several
    seconds) predicted eclipse. Must have been a brilliant
    red sunset for them. You might want to mention the
    direction and time you were looking.
         Funny thing about that event, I asked my two
    sales reps to leave the hotel bar to join me to watch
    the ISS/Shuttle fly over and they just stared at me
    and then looked at each other and then said, "Well
    Jeff, we would rather stay here and drink. We didn't
    here about this (being able to see it) on the news."
    They were very surprised when I described it to them a
    few minutes later! There is a lot of education that we
    need to do for our hobby!
              Jeff Umbarger
              Plano, TX, USA
    --- wrote:
    > Hi All,
    > Nu guy here. Been looking at sats for years and just
    > ran into this 
    > list, great. I am a retired electronic tech and live
    > in Milton, FL. 
    > Coordinates are:
    > 30.590, -86.963  and those are exact. Put them in
    > that earth program 
    > and you'll see my little red truck near the barn.
    > What looks like a 
    > "crop" circle is where the swimming pool used to be.
    > This is 
    > him/her-ra-cane alley, we don't need no pools.
    > Period.
    > Watched ISS go over just after the undocking and the
    > spacing was 
    > about an 1/8". One VERY bright light and the other
    > just barely 
    > visible. I did notice one thing that when ISS went
    > into sunset and 
    > then is supposed to vanish, it did not. I used 7x35
    > binoculars and 
    > watched it go all the way into the trees. (about 15
    > degrees angle) 
    > There must have been enough twilight to keep it
    > visible in the 
    > glasses. I would not have known it was a sat
    > otherwise with only the 
    > naked eye.
    > Next day, Wednesday, the spacing was about 15
    > seconds behind ISS. 
    > Very neat, first time I had seen this.
    > I use InstantTrack 1.5 for my viewing and tracking,
    > great program. 
    > I've had it about 10 years even back when it was in
    > DOS.
    > Hurricanes can be advantages, sometimes. We lost
    > power for a week, 
    > EVERYWHERE and the sky was VERY black. No lights at
    > all here in the 
    > panhandle, GREAT time for viewing.
    > Thanks for listening, I look forward to more
    > reading.
    > Best Regards,
    > Mike Couture
    > Milton, FL
    > 30.590
    > -86.963
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