UARS seen early Monday morning

Date: Mon Sep 19 2011 - 14:57:40 UTC

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    Set my alarm and got up early this morning to  view a predicted 
    near-overhead pass of the UARS satellite over my home in  
    Putnam Valley, NY.  
    The NW to SE pass came pretty much on  schedule between
    5:47 and 5:50 a.m. (according to Heavens-Above).  As  expected,
    movement was quite rapid . . . it streaked across the sky  much
    quicker than the ISS or the Space Shuttle.
    During the three or so  minutes I had it in view, the satellite slowly
    rose in brightness from about  magnitude 3 to 0, then suddenly 
    flared/flashed in brightness to about -2 or  -3, then quickly dropped
    off to near-invisibility.  Then the whole  sequence began anew.  It
    did this a total of three times before it  vanished behind the treetops
    in my southeast.  The thing must be  tumbling.
    There is another high pass scheduled for tomorrow morning . . .  
    UARS will emerge from the Earth's shadow near its highest point
    in the  sky of nearly 80-degrees at around 5:30 a.m., then a 
    relatively low evening  pass is set for Saturday at around 7:40 p.m.
    (if it's still in orbit).   
    Unfortunately, a protracted spell of cloudy weather is expected 
    to  settle in tonight and last much of this week, so perhaps this 
    morning was my  last view. of UARS.
    -- joe rao   
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