Re: ISS Pass over Knoxville, TN, made out arrays? Other sats, 2 unknowns

From: Tony Beresford (dberesford@adam.com.au)
Date: Thu May 22 2008 - 04:08:20 UTC

  • Next message: Greg Williams: "Re: ISS Pass over Knoxville, TN, made out arrays? Other sats, 2 unknowns"

    At 12:43 PM 22/05/2008, Greg Williams wrote:
    >Watched the ISS pass over Knoxville, TN at a low 19 deg angle 
    >tonight, but it flared real nice at max elevation over us.
    >
    >Using 10 X 50 binoculars, I was not sure if I was seeing correctly, 
    >but I thought I could make out an "H" shape, which I have never made 
    >out before.  I wasn't sure if my eyes were playing tricks or if I 
    >really made out the solar arrays.
    >
    >..
    >UNKNOWN:  Thought I saw Envisat though said binocs but this 
    >satellite was traveling due East, went into eclipse at 22:30, and I 
    >caught it just about 30 seconds before eclipse.  Elevation about 
    >25-30 degrees, ESE of my location.  Never caught Envisat.
    
    Greg,
    Envisat is in a Sun synchronous orbit,(97-98 degrees inclination ) so 
    it should have been moving S-N rather than due East
    as you report.
    Tony Beresford
    
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