[FPSPACE] Mir in the Moon
Sat, 6 Jan 2001 20:16:14 +0100
At around 16:18 UT, I went to the attic, finally saw
Venus above an appartment roof, on the other side of the
street and turned my back to have a look at Jupiter and
the Moon with my 20 x 80 binoculars. Suddenly, I see a
point of light rushing towards the Moon (it had no
blinking lights and followed a familiar ISS or MIR path)
and it CROSSED the MOON, yes, it went inside the Moon and
crossed it in a fraction of a second. I'm quite puzzled
because I don't remember seeing it on Heavens Above, so
early, and check the time: 16:20 UT. Back to the PC, I
check Mir's passages. There's only one at 17:54.
However, tomorrow, there are 2 passages and there are 94
minutes between 2 orbits. If you substract 94 minutes
from 17:54, you arrive at.....16:20 !!!
I live at 51d12m25sN-4d25m21sE
This was totally unexpected!