Long Mir Pass

Penny Fischer Orell (govega@monmouth.com)
Sun, 26 Oct 1997 21:48:26 -0500

Hi all,

I was treated to a long Mir pass tonight of over six minutes at about 30
degrees or so elevation. It moved from the west to the southeast and did not
go into shadow but rather followed the arc of the globe and appeared to
almost stand still for a long few seconds.  It finally dipped below the
horizon. The pass, though not especially bright (I would say about 1st
magnitude) was long and leisurely.  It made it's way about 5 degrees below
Jupiter.


After seeing a few pictures from 12 inch scopes and seeing lots of detail, I
was wondering if it would be worth it to take my 8 inch reflector out to
view Mir? Can anything be seen with this size scope?  Thanks!

Penny