Re: Soyuz TMA-1 seen

Date: Tue Oct 31 2000 - 16:30:39 PST

  • Next message: Ed Cannon: "Re: Soyuz TMA-1 seen"

    In a message dated 10/31/00 6:17:26 PM Eastern Standard Time, writes:
    > I watched Soyuz TMA-1 pass through Sagittarius on 2000 Oct 31 at 23:06 UTC.
    I acquired the Soyuz at the same time about 10 deg below alpha-CrB.  As it 
    passed below alpha-Oph about a minute later I noticed a definite change in 
    brightness from about a +3 to a +1 - as bright as Altair.  The cycle repeated 
    about every 20-30 seconds.    Does the Soyuz or the solar panels 
    rotate/change positions during flight?
    The Soyuz Rk was a non-obs at 22:57 UTC.
    The ISS was a +1 mag as it passed over the Moon at 23:44 UTC.  
    All passes were NW->-SW.
    Don Gardner  39.1799 N, 76.8406 W, 100m ASL
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