Fw: showing off ISS and STS

From: Harald Schenk (hschenk@excel.net)
Date: Sat Oct 19 2002 - 00:49:35 EDT

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    Re: Showing off ISS and STS.
    
    In Sheboygan, Wisconsin the two passed from WEST to SOUTHEAST just minutes
    after my Astronomy Lab class began on Wednesday evening. The entire class
    stood outside to watch the pass.
    
    Harald Schenk
    
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Mark Brannan <mbrannan@rose.net>
    To: See-Sat List <SeeSat-L@satobs.org>
    Sent: Friday, October 18, 2002 7:23 AM
    Subject: showing off ISS and STS
    
    
    > There was a nice pass of the STS and the ISS Wednesday night, October 16,
    > beginning about 8:05PM EDT at my Thomasville, GA, location. The STS was
    > leading the ISS by about 5 or 6 degrees and, at first, was brighter by
    about
    > 2 mags. About 30 seconds before both went into eclipse, the ISS brightened
    > until it was just a little brighter than the STS. It's always great to see
    > the two together like that.
    >
    > Thomasville is a town of about 20,000 and not a big, bright city, but I
    was
    > in a commercially built up area. The sky was not the best and there were
    > only a few of the brightest stars visible in the sky, but the spaceships
    > were easily seen and - as always - spectacular. I was at a drive-in
    > restaurant, but had walked away from the car to be able to see. When I saw
    > the sats, there were three teenagers sitting at tables. Even though I
    didn't
    > know them at all, I told them, "Hey! Do you guys want to see something
    > great?" They came over and were impressed when I told them what they were
    > seeing: "Really?" "Are they always there?" "Can you see them all the
    time?"
    > "Cool." I think the one with the diamond stud in his chin was the most
    > impressed. It's nice to be able to share the sight with someone who has
    > never see it before.
    >
    > --Mark Brannan
    > Thomasville, GA, USA
    >
    >
    >
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