Decays, and mystery observation

Bjorn Gimle (bjorn.gimle@online.dextel.se)
25 Aug 1995 22:42:03 GMT

It appears that USSPACECOM (NORAD) #
23015 23550 23644 
all decayed before or about noon UT today, 950825.
The last orbit of #23644 may have crossed SB over central US at
about 10:35 UT, #23550 over Japan 05:30 or 06:55 UT, and
#23015 over Japan 11:10 UT ( a little south 13:35)

(Allen T., forgive my "parity" error: 23638 (<-decayed 08/21, not tonight))

And, yesterday 950824 at 20:28:54 UT, near Polaris, I found a 
mystery object, about mag.+3 steady. I also timed it 77.2 seconds 
later, near zet Cyg. A check with cs9850812.tle and SkyMap revealed 
#09738 Cosmos 890 Rk as a likely candidate, but it should have 
passed 248 seconds earlier. New elsets reduced the error to 244 seconds.
The apparent speed matched my observation within 1 %, and the track was
parallell to #9738, approximately midway between the predicted track,
and what would result from a 4 minute delay, or about 30 km east.
Cosmos 890 should pass about 30 minutes later.
I can't verify tonight, because we have overcast.

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