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RE: MIR, Bonus and best visual.



Hi Norm
Ditto from here in South Africa.  We have seen Mir quite a few times over
the past week.  Both early morning and evening passes on some days.  Very
bright, and going like hell.  Quite spectacular.  Much faster than it used
to be.  I guess because of the low orbit altitude.
73
Ray (ZS6RSW)

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> njmcmillan@telstra.easymail.com.au
> Sent: 22 March 2001 12:05
> To: amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org; sarex@AMSAT.Org
> Subject: [sarex] MIR, Bonus and best visual.
>
>
> Well,
>
> The cloud broke up enough to give us one last look, and it
> was spectacular!
>
> 20:06 EDT (Australian Eastern Daylight Time) is dusk, with
> the Western sky still bright. MIR rose in the North and sped
> across the sky, so bright it was visible through the clouds.
> At the breaks it was by far the brightest object in the sky,
> flashing as the solar panels caught the sun, finally
> disappearing behind a bank of heavy cloud in the Sou-east..
>
> This was a double bonus. The forecast cloud and rain held off
> and it was the brightest, fastest most spectacular I have
> seen... far brighter than Venus in the Evening sky, brighter
> even than many Irridium flares, and contiuously so!!!
>
> Good luck to the Control Crew,
>
>
> Norm VK2XCI
> Mount Hope Australia
> Voice of The Edge of The Outback
>
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