ISS......that white glow

From: John Locker (
Date: Mon Nov 27 2006 - 05:26:18 EST

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    Wind cloud and rain have so far stopped me seeing the station during this 
    series of passes.However this morning through broken clous and with the risk 
    of showers I managed to see it naked eye....and through the scope.
    It was , as reported , very bright and very white ( Mag -2 or greater ) 
    ....and looking at a couple of frames confirms that this increased 
    brilliance is definitely down to the new radiator and extended truss.
    In a slightly different format , to give more of a "naked eye " view ,  I 
    have prepared a small animation giving an idea of how the brightness 
    increases as the radiator "glows "
    Interestingly as the station approached shadow entry , it started to turn a 
    soft orange colour , which was caused by both P6 and the new P3/4 array 
    starting to reflect .
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