Saw Mir & STS-86 Again!

JRBURCA@aol.com
Sat, 4 Oct 1997 06:57:08 -0400 (EDT)

Another amazing bit of luck:  Having been on a trip, I had been without
computer/internet but had heard on TV that Mir-STS had undocked Friday
AM.  Just in case there was another flyover (had seen them 27 Sept. 1997
- "Saw Mir & STS-86"), I obtained new Mir & STS TLE's to check.  When
I got STS Plus up and running, it was 02:18 UTC and the graphics showed
them approaching the horizon!  I immediately got together with some 
interested neighbors and we watched STS-86 make a near overhead pass!
It's max. magnitude was close to that of Jupiter.  Mir followed; both visible
in the sky at the same time.  Mir was quite a bit dimmer.  I almost missed
the whole thing!  Culmination was approx. 02:26-27 UTC 4 Oct. 1997 UTC
(3 Oct. 1997 local).  They were about a min. apart.

Jake Rees
Burbank, Calif., USA










Jake Rees
Burbank, Calif., USA