Slow Moving Object, Mag 1: Nimbus 5 r?

Robert Sheaffer (sheaffer@netcom.com)
Fri, 29 Aug 1997 08:25:57 -0700 (PDT)

Observation 28 Aug. 1997    (Thurs. Eve, Aug 29 UT)

At  04:25 UT, observed a very bright and extremely slow-moving object
moving north from Aquila and Sagitta into central Cygnus, Mag 1. At first
glance I thought it was Altair because it seemed to be bright and
stationary, however it was in the wrong place. Its motion was much,
much slower than we see in Mir or other satellites in low orbit.
It was bright for at least 30-60 seconds, then quickly faded
as it moved into Cygnus. I was unable to find it in binoculars 
afterward.

I thought that perhaps it was one of the now-famous Iridium
flares, but the only object in Molczan's list that matches well
is #6306, Nimbus 5 rocket, with a predicted magnitude of 6.6.
The object was a few degrees east of Sagitta at about 04:25:20.
Does this sound like a correct identification?


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