ISS+STS 106 and UHF F2 Rk, USA 89 Rk, etc.

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Fri Sep 15 2000 - 05:05:48 PDT

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    This morning here ISS+STS 106 made a very nice pass.  They didn't 
    get as bright as Jupiter, but they probably did get to about -2 at 
    the brightest.  An added treat was that at the same time UHF F2 Rk 
    (22788, 93-56B), which appeared first, was also visible one-power 
    moving at an angle to the docked ISS+Shuttle and was moving fairly
    rapidly due to being near perigee.
    USA 89 Rk (22519, 92-86C) was again at least +2.5 on the maxima of 
    its very slow tumble and was moving very rapidly.
    Lacrosse 2 (21147, 91-17A) went less than 10 degrees above the Moon.
    Iridflar predicted a -2 flare from Iridium 39, and it was actually
    probably -3 or maybe even brighter and remained visible at one-power 
    for quite a few seconds.
    Observing location:  30.3086N, 97.7279W, 150m.
    Ed Cannon - - Austin, Texas, USA
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