Shuttle by sunlight & own lights

From: Mike Waterman (
Date: Tue Oct 17 2000 - 00:56:00 PDT

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    Last night (001016) at 192252 (UT) I saw the ISS+shuttle complex in 
    the West, starting to fade as they entered eclipse. A few seconds later
    they were about mag 6 and red/orange colour. But the satellite did not
    disappear, and by 192335 was mag 7 (at 402km), and 192403 was mag 7.5
    (at 420km). These last two times the light (white) must have been from
    the shuttle floodlights. Details below.
    On the next pass (similar elevations) no light was visible.
    A question about numbering. It seems reasonable that when two or more
    objects of similar size are docked (eg the Mir complex), so that the 
    reflected sunlight comes from several parts, we should call it after 
    the first component (eg 86017A = #16609). Anyway this is what I do.
    But what if all the light comes from one component?
    Should I call it 98067A=#25544 or 00062A=#26563 ?
    IntlId SiteYYMMDDHHMMSSss  Sss  TCHHMMmm   DDddd  Ddd E             MMm
    9806701211500101619225291  020  13175700  +2229   007 5
    0006201211500101619233514  020  13202132  +3981   009 5             +70
    0006201211500101619240336  020  13230238  +4261   003 5             +75
     Total observations = 3
    Mike Waterman
    Site Yateley = COSPAR 2115 =  51.3286N  0.7950W  75m.
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