86017JM-MIRETTE

karcher (101672.3140@compuserve.com)
Sat, 2 Aug 1997 17:57:51 -0400

 On Jul30, 01H29 ,Pierre Neirinck observed  a mag + 7.5 fragment , .5 deg=
 N
of MIR , I identified as 86017 JM (23690).He called it MIRETTE ( the next=

day,
a lost she-cat adopted Pierre and therefore was baptised MIRETTE).
 Strangely , this object was already observed ten times by Pierre in 1995=
=2E
 Its original mean motion 15.5746 has only increased to 15.6177.THis
suggest
a very hight density.Will it outlast MIR ?
 As Pierre demonstrated from his obs.  and analysis , EIGHT fragments
converged backward to a same  EQ.Xing  ( Equatorial  crossing  time):
   1995 294.297 , correspondind to an Extra Vehicular Activity
 Some of the fragments were observed simultaneously by Rainer Kracht.
 In Nov 1995 , Pierre found the following densities relative to 86017JT=3D=
1
               =

              A(MIR)    18 +/-  4
            JL                 4.1
            JM              27
            JN                9
            JP                6
            JU              11 +/-  3
            JQ              10
            JR                6.2
            JS                5.3

 The latest sighting of JM confirms that it was not swapped  with another=
 =

fragment  as it frequently happens.Pierre s  last  1995 sighting  was Dec=

24
 mag +6 to +8 with a 4 sec photometric period.

                                                                DAN   ,  =

47.8033 N   7.3417 E ,  230 m  =