Heads up to New Zealand

From: Tony Beresford (starman@camtech.net.au)
Date: Thu Apr 26 2001 - 01:33:42 PDT

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    Calling Kiwis ( in New Zealand)
    The "trumpet" satellite  USA 103, is currently visible
    from NZ sites as it exits the Earth's shadow on its N-S
    track around 0230 NZT. It is then about mag 6 for a hypothetical
    observer in AucklAND.
    The orbit has recently been altered and observations
    from NZ would be useful in refining it. This track is
    too far East for me to observe. Northern hemisphere observers
    need telescopes. The latest orbital elements from Mike McCants
    are:
    USA 103       
    1 23097U 94026A   01114.73866045 0.00000000  00000-0 +00000+0 0    00
    2 23097  63.3096  51.6008 7244000 273.0474  86.9526  2.00339797    00
    
    Tony Beresford
    Adelaide So. Australia
    
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