Obs August 5, 6 and 7

Leo Barhorst (leobarhorst@pi.net)
Thu, 07 Aug 1997 13:17:32 +0200

The last few days the weather improved a lot; last night was cloudless.
I didn't made a lot of observations a I was watching for MIR, Soyuz TM 26, 
Progress 35 and the decaying rocket 97- 22 B.

65- 65 C 97-08-07 02:27:10   LB   56.1 0.2  20  2.80  FF, mag 6->inv, sm, mag 6
76- 19 A 97-08-05 20:49:52   LB   42.3 0.1  10  4.24  FF, mag 5->inv
76- 19 A 97-08-06 21:19:40   LB   42.4 0.2  10  4.24  FF, mag 6->inv
81- 59 A 97-08-06 20:41:33   LB   30.7 0.1  10  3.07  FF, mag 4->inv, ssm 5
85- 75 A 97-08-07 02:22      LB                       almost S, mag 6
86- 61 A 97-08-05 20:30:35   LB   34.2 0.2  16  2.14  'FFF-'F, mag 4-inv
90- 13 A 97-08-05 20:45      LB                       var, mag 6->inv
92-  8 B 97-08-06 21:16:38   LB   62.7 0.2  10  6.27  FF, mag 4->inv
92- 20 B 97-08-07 02:10:55   LB  155.6 0.5   6 25.9   AA, mag 5->inv
92- 76 B 97-08-07 02:34:37   LB  136.9 0.5   4 34.2   AA, mag 3->7
95- 12 B 97-08-07 01:50      LB                       S, mag 6
95- 58 B 97-08-06 21:25:42   LB   94.2 0.5   4 23.6   AA, mag 3->5
96- 29 C 97-08-06 21:22      LB                       almost S, 6->7, with E+D
96- 29 C 97-08-07 01:10      LB                       var 6->8, C 1 fl 4, +E+D
96- 46 A 97-08-06 21:12      LB                       var, 4->inv, 1 fl mag 2
96- 51 B 97-08-07 01:56:20   LB   80.4 0.1  40  2.011 FF, mag 4->inv
97- 22 B 97-08-06 20:33      LB                       almost S, mag 2
97- 22 B 97-08-07 02:37:07.0 LB                       S, mag 2,pass Gamma Aries

MIR, Soyuz TM 26 and Progress 35 (86- 17 A, 97- 38 A and 97- 33 A)
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August 5 evening
Didn't see Soyuz TM 26 and the rocket as it was still to bright and a low passage.
At 20:25 UT MIR passed over. Was steady mag -2 with just after zenit a flash to at
least mag -3.

August 6 evening
Saw 97- 38 A at 20:04:04.3 when it passed just above Beta Aquila shortly before 
entering the earthshadow. It was steady, mag 1
At 21:03:27.1 MIR passed close to Gamma Corona Borealis and was steady mag -1; it was 
followed by 97- 33 A at 7.44 seconds interval. Progress was steady mag 3.

Cosmos 2342 rocket (97- 22 B)
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Didn't see the rocket on August 5, but was succesful last night. A magnificient
view as the mag 2 satellite speeded across the sky at a mere 180 km height. Hope to 
see it once more tonight if it last so long. Alan predicted decay about August 7.75
It has to survive a bit longer to be visible at my place.

-- 
Greetings and clear skies

Leo Barhorst		Alkmaar			The Netherlands
52.65 North		4.767 East		1 m ASL
Member of Seesat-L
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Every day I wonder about the things I see in the (night)sky