Re: Decay Forecasr ROSAT

From: Jim Scotti (
Date: Sat Oct 22 2011 - 02:04:56 UTC

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    Just got through watching a pass of ROSAT almost straight overhead (Heavens 
    Above predicted 90 degree elevation at max) from Kitt Peak.  Unfortunately, 
    clouds covered most of its path overhead but I caught 2 brief glimpses as it 
    passed near our zenith.  It was brighter than predicted - and a bit orangish 
    in color but otherwise appeared to be pretty close in time to the H-A 
    prediction.  I was expecting it to be early and was thinking I must have 
    missed it due to the clouds when I caught sight of it thru a small break in 
    the clouds.  I tried to pick it up later but the clouds kept it hidden, so I 
    didn't check my watch for timing until around a minute after I saw it.  I had 
    my camera with fisheye lens taking exposures, but I haven't downloaded them 
    to see if I got it yet.
    It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is
    the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow. - Dr. Robert H. Goddard
    Jim Scotti
    Lunar & Planetary Laboratory
    University of Arizona
    Tucson, AZ 85721 USA       
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