Re: Observations Friday Evening: No Lacrosse 1

Robert Sheaffer (sheaffer@netcom.com)
Fri, 18 Apr 1997 07:58:02 -0700 (PDT)

Bjoern Gimle
> 
> >> Rob Matson suggested that 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. >>
> >> 
> Eric Vondra :
> >> 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.
> >> 
> >
> >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.

I observed Aureole 1r on a subsequent evening, and found that it was
indeed about magnitude 3.

> 
> A lower perigee like #24294 is in shadow for Robert's obs.
> 
> A 15.51 Lacrosse 1 with a suitable AOP (I added n*30 degrees) works
> fine, but goes almost vertically down to Corvus for Robert's.
> (Aureole 1 r is about midway between the vertical and original Lacrosse 1)

I would like to contemplate a 'wandering Lacrosse' scenario, however
I think that the evidence for it is simply too weak.

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