Re: Observations Friday Evening: No Lacrosse 1

Robert Sheaffer (sheaffer@netcom.com)
Sun, 13 Apr 1997 12:12:45 -0700 (PDT)

EricVondra@aol.com
> 
> Robert Sheaffer wrote:
> 
> << Rob Matson suggestedthat the satellite I saw the previous night on a path
> nearly that predicted for Lacrosse 1 may have been #5730, Aureole 1 rocket.
> While the observed object was approx 1.5 magnitudes brighter than predicted
> for Aureole, that is most likely what I saw. >>
> 
> I observed Aureole 1r on 2/23/97.  It varied between mag 5.5 and 8.5 in about
> a 3 second period, if that helps to confirm your ID.
> 
> Eric Vondra
> Pittsburgh PA

Actually, it tends to *disconfirm* it. The object I saw was only
observed for about 15 seconds. Its magnitude was MUCH brighter
than that (around 2.8 - 3.0), and it was steady.

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