ISS......that white glow

From: John Locker (john@satcom.freeserve.co.uk)
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 "
    
    http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/satcom_transits/slow.wmv
    
    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 .
    
    John 
    
    
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