ISS Boost on pass over New Zealand

From: Robert Holdsworth (
Date: Sun Nov 23 2008 - 21:17:40 UTC

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    The ISS boost scheduled to occur at 0006 UTC is due to occur in daylight at the end of a pass over New Zealand.
    Conditions are poor with bad weather approaching and it appears anyway that the boost may be at too low an elevation to have any chance of attempting observation with the hilly topography here. Naturally I won't be taking any chances and will give it a try anyway!
    I am unsure what if anything it is possible to see during the day:  it is rare for a boost to occur in such a location and I am unware of any reports of boosts being observed at any time of day or night. I recall a comment on the list to the effect that no boosts had ever been seen and I have not heard anything to suggest otherwise since.
    The best chance if any would appear to be for the East of the North Island e.g Gisborne/Hawkes Bay as they are close to the optimum distance and seem likely to have the lowest chance of being clouded out.
    Robert Holdsworth
    New Zealand
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