STS/ISS observation

From: Robert Holdsworth (
Date: Sun Oct 28 2007 - 11:38:24 EDT

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    Another pass of the complex just observed on shadow exit at 1511 UTC - EVA 
    in progress.  Exact timings not taken, in fact I only just got there in time 
    for the exit!
    Sky was clear and moonlit.
    Complex was nice and bright, I estimate at least mag -1.5 at culmination. 
    No flaring (or dipping in magnitude as noticed yesterday on the overhead 
    pass)  but some orange coloration noted on receding.   This is somewhat of a 
    unique observation as the P6 truss has been detached and is being held in 
    place by the station arm and it will only be like that for one day - perhaps 
    this could account for the orange coloration?  Unfortunately I do not have 
    camera equipment up to the task of being able to show the configuration.
    Off to catch up on sleep before the next pass, by then the sky will be quite 
    bright.  No report will be submitted unless there is an observation.
    Robert Holdsworth
    New Zealand
    UTC plus 13. 
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