Shuttle-Mir close approach

Bevan & Leigh Harris (BMH@bigpond.com)
Mon, 4 May 1998 16:07:59 +0800

Hi all,

This past weekend has seen a string of Mir and Shuttle passes over the
Perth region, sometimes only within minutes of each other.  However, the
predicted passes for this evening (Monday 4th) take the cake.  Both will be
visible at the same time, in fact their apparent paths actually cross.  My
question is just how close will they actually be to each other?  Close
enough to pass a lunch bag across??  ;-)

Perth, Australia (UT+8)  see sig for lat/long

Mir Complex
		Time		Az	El
Rises		18:19:27	279.7:
Culminates	18:24:05	215.3:	16:
Sets		18:28:48	150.2:

STS-90
		Time		Az	El
Rises		18:19:21	269.5:
Culminates	18:23:27	195.0:	25:
Sets		18:25:03	142.4:

Cheers,
Bevan Harris 
(Lat 31:52'23.20" S  Long 116:02'21.36"E  Alt 30m)

"I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night."