Atlantis/External Tank Solar Transit

From: Gerhard HOLTKAMP (grd.holtkamp@t-online.de)
Date: Fri Sep 08 2006 - 14:49:25 EDT

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    If you still believe in fairy tales let's just pretend Atlantis actually gets 
    launched on Saturday, 9-SEP-06, 15:14:56 UTC. Then this would be the line 
    across Europe where a solar transit of the Shuttle and the ET might be 
    visible. (Times in UT, followed by longitude and latitude).
    
    SEP  9  15:34:10         -7.434     52.998 
    SEP  9  15:34:15         -6.843     52.954 
    SEP  9  15:34:20         -6.253     52.908 
    SEP  9  15:34:25         -5.663     52.859 
    SEP  9  15:34:30         -5.074     52.807 
    SEP  9  15:34:35         -4.485     52.752 
    SEP  9  15:34:40         -3.896     52.695 
    SEP  9  15:34:45         -3.308     52.635 
    SEP  9  15:34:50         -2.721     52.572 
    SEP  9  15:34:55         -2.134     52.507 
    SEP  9  15:35:00         -1.547     52.439 
    SEP  9  15:35:05         -0.962     52.368 
    SEP  9  15:35:10         -0.376     52.294 
    SEP  9  15:35:15          0.208     52.218 
    SEP  9  15:35:20          0.792     52.139 
    SEP  9  15:35:25          1.376     52.058 
    SEP  9  15:35:30          1.958     51.974 
    SEP  9  15:35:35          2.540     51.887 
    SEP  9  15:35:40          3.122     51.798 
    SEP  9  15:35:45          3.703     51.706 
    SEP  9  15:35:50          4.283     51.611 
    SEP  9  15:35:55          4.863     51.514 
    SEP  9  15:36:00          5.443     51.415 
    SEP  9  15:36:05          6.022     51.313 
    SEP  9  15:36:10          6.600     51.208 
    SEP  9  15:36:15          7.178     51.101 
    SEP  9  15:36:20          7.756     50.991 
    SEP  9  15:36:25          8.334     50.879 
    SEP  9  15:36:30          8.911     50.764 
    SEP  9  15:36:35          9.488     50.647 
    SEP  9  15:36:40         10.066     50.527 
    SEP  9  15:36:45         10.643     50.405 
    SEP  9  15:36:50         11.221     50.281 
    SEP  9  15:36:55         11.799     50.154 
    SEP  9  15:37:00         12.378     50.024 
    SEP  9  15:37:05         12.957     49.892 
    SEP  9  15:37:10         13.537     49.758 
    SEP  9  15:37:15         14.119     49.621 
    SEP  9  15:37:20         14.701     49.482 
    SEP  9  15:37:25         15.285     49.340 
    SEP  9  15:37:30         15.871     49.196 
    SEP  9  15:37:35         16.459     49.049 
    SEP  9  15:37:40         17.050     48.900 
    SEP  9  15:37:45         17.643     48.748 
    SEP  9  15:37:50         18.238     48.594 
    SEP  9  15:37:55         18.838     48.437 
    SEP  9  15:38:00         19.442     48.278 
    SEP  9  15:38:05         20.051     48.116 
    SEP  9  15:38:10         20.665     47.952 
    SEP  9  15:38:15         21.286     47.785 
    SEP  9  15:38:20         21.914     47.615 
    SEP  9  15:38:25         22.550     47.442 
    SEP  9  15:38:30         23.196     47.266 
    SEP  9  15:38:35         23.853     47.088 
    SEP  9  15:38:40         24.522     46.906 
    SEP  9  15:38:45         25.207     46.721 
    SEP  9  15:38:50         25.908     46.532 
    SEP  9  15:38:55         26.630     46.339 
    SEP  9  15:39:00         27.377     46.143 
    SEP  9  15:39:05         28.154     45.941 
    SEP  9  15:39:10         28.967     45.734 
    SEP  9  15:39:15         29.828     45.521 
    SEP  9  15:39:20         30.749     45.301 
    SEP  9  15:39:25         31.753     45.070 
    SEP  9  15:39:30         32.876     44.827 
    SEP  9  15:39:35         34.182     44.564 
    SEP  9  15:39:40         35.728     44.271 
    
    You would have to be within 2 or 3 km of this line in Western Europe or up to 
    6 or 8 km in Eastern Europe. Typically the transit will last about a second 
    (depending on where you are) and will go from the lower left to the upper 
    right of the sun's disk. 
    
    Gerhard HOLTKAMP
    Darmstadt, Germany
    
    
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