Re: ISS plus Dragon

From: Jim Scotti (
Date: Thu Oct 11 2012 - 02:09:37 UTC

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    I saw ISS last night with Dragon about 16 seconds behind it around 8 hours 
    before docking from Kitt Peak in Arizona with a maximum elevation of around 35 
    degrees.  ISS was definitely an orange-white last night, though the pictures I 
    took have it maybe a little saturated and white.  Dragon was fainter than I was 
    expecting (probably around 4th magnitude) and I timed it relative to ISS about 3 
    times with the same answer with about a second precision.  I just came in from 
    watching a higher and brighter pass (about 65 degrees maximum elevation).  ISS 
    looked whiter with maybe a hint of a yellow tint, but definitely wasn't orange 
    anywhere through its pass.
    On Thu, 11 Oct 2012, Young, Brad wrote:
    > Saw ISS plus Dragon from State College PA. Travel caused me to miss it before 
    > docking. A friend at home stated last night the capsule was orange and I 
    > noticed tonight ISS seems to have an orange tint to it, even at high 
    > elevation; Has anyone else noticed this coloration?
    > Sent from my iPhone
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