RE: ISS + Shuttle seen from Leiden

From: Bruce MacDonald (
Date: Tue Mar 17 2009 - 21:43:35 UTC

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    Marco Langbroek wrote:
    > Just watched the Shuttle + ISS pair, one hour before docking, sail majestically
    > past Sirius at 25 degrees altitude. The shuttle was a roughly estimated 2
    > degrees separated from the ISS.
    Yes, I managed to see this spectacle too this evening, between 19:08:50 and 19:11 UTC.  I have never seen the Shuttle and ISS so close together, a sight I never thought I would see.
    A lucky catch for me, I only found out about it 3 minutes beforehand as I had been out for a run.
    I estimated the ISS to be ahead of the Shuttle by about 4s, separated by 2 of arc.  I estimated the max altitude to be 20 above the horizon.  ISS was magnitude -1, the Shuttle magnitude +0.5.
    Great catch and photos, Marco.
    Best wishes
    Bruce MacDonald
    COSPAR Site 2751
    Devizes, Wiltshire, UK
    51.3440N 1.9849 W 125M (WGS84)
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