Atlantis-Mir Obs - 4 October

J. Donald Gardner (fn470@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Sun, 5 Oct 1997 06:46:21 -0400 (EDT)

Location: 38.90 N  76.70 W  132 ASL

Atlantis appeared at about 19:53:30 EDT (23:53:50 UTC) in the WSW at about
20 deg. above the horizon.  By the time it passed near gamma and beta Draco
it was easily a -2 Mag - much brighter than nearby Vega.  After it appeared
to occult gamma Cas. it dimmed then dissappeared into the earth's shadow.

Mir appeared at 19:59:30 EDT at 20 deg. above the horizon in the WSW.
It was somewhat dimmer than Atlantis - reaching about a -1 to -1.5 as
it passed between gamma and beta Draco.  Mir dimmed after passing near
epsilon Cas. 


Don Gardner
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