Abrixas et al

Edward S Light (light@argoscomp.com)
Fri, 30 Apr 1999 09:10:40 -0400 (EDT)

Last night (i.e. early 04/30/99 UTC) the essentially full Moon was, to
say the least, annoying, but we were able to spot Abrixas and its rocket
passing through Leo's tail.

Date/Time UTC  Object                 Appar.Mag   Intrinsic Mag (quicksat)
------------- ----------------------  ----------  ------------------------
19990430/0117 25721=99-022A Abrixas     5.9         6.5
19990430/0118 25723=99-022C Rocket     2.1-3.4     2.8-4.0  Varying with
                                                        very approx 10s period

(Magnitudes are +/- a few tenths and are based on nearby comparison stars)

Incidentally, about an hour earlier, Iridium 76 flared to perhaps magnitude
-4 (but not the iridflar-predicted -6.9) and "Iridium 69 ?" didn't flare
(at least to the unaided eye in twilight) at all; I guess that's the reason
for the "?".

Also, the soon-to-decay 08755=76-024B=Cosmos 808 SL-3 R/B was an easy
naked eye object, even in twilight; it is really moving FAST!

Clear and dark skies!
   Ed Light

Lakewood, NJ, USA
N 40.1072, W 074.2317, Hgt +21 m (69 ft)