GP-B near Jupiter

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Tue Apr 27 2004 - 17:14:16 EDT

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    Last night I almost missed it, but just north of Jupiter Gravity 
    Probe B was very bright for a few seconds.  Later in the pass it
    brightened somewhat again, but nothing like it was in Leo.  Is
    it somewhat curious that its appearance seems so variable?
    Quite a bit later I happened to see a +1 object rising below 
    Polaris.  In 10-15 seconds it dimmed a lot, and before much 
    longer it disappeared.  A Transit payload, 66-024A, 02119, seems
    to be a very good match.  It was about six or seven magnitudes
    brighter than predicted.
    ETS 6 (94-056A, 23230) was visible with 8x42 for a while in the
    southeast, maybe +6 to +7 flashes.  
    90003 (99-503A) also was visible with 8x42, flash period about
    20.9 seconds.
    Cosmos 2056 Rk (20433, 90-004B) and USA 160A (01-040A, 26905), 
    the trailer, appeared to collide!
    BCRC: 30.315N, 97.866W, 280m.
    Ed Cannon - - Austin, Texas, USA
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