Re: Shuttle and ISS seen in a cloudy sky

Date: Tue May 31 2011 - 14:04:50 UTC

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    In a message dated 5/31/2011 8:41:47 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, writes:
    Last night wasn't as good I thought it would  be, sky was cloudy/hazy for a 
    good amount of the night.
    I did get to see  the shuttle, followed by roughly 37 seconds later the 
    ISS, as the passed above 2  bright stars, one called Secunda Giedei located at
    20 h 18 m R.A
    -12  deg 32 min  Dec
    For me, stationed at my home in Putnam Valley, NY, Endeavour bolted out of  
    the Earth's shadow as expected, shortly after the ISS appeared (about a 
    half  minute later), but then the shuttle for some unexplained reason quickly 
    faded to  below naked-eye visibility.  I was able to keep it in view with my 
    7 x 35s  until it disappeared behind my tree line. 
    Meanwhile, the ISS grew to  roughly -4 magnitude after it passed it's 
    highest point in the sky (about  75-degrees up in the SW), ultimately 
    disappearing beyond the tree line at around  magnitude -2. A very nice, albeit, brief 
    Next stop for Endeavour:  the California Science Museum.
    Farewell old friend . . . ya did  good!
    -- joe rao
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