Re: Unidentified Bright Flaring Satellite
Tue, 3 Aug 1999 03:02:54 EDT

As it happens, I was looking for something to test a few of Satellite 
Hunting's international "comma as decimal" functionality issues. I ran 
Mccants.tle from 7/30/99 with a 'Specify Window' from 5:10 to 5:30am and came 
up with...

Prediction Date Local Time  Satellite Name  Sat.#   Elev.   Azimuth Mag 
1999 Aug  1 [Sun]   5:17:52 AM ROCSAT 1 25616    20    278 [W]    5.7
1999 Aug  1 [Sun]   5:21:09 AM ROCSAT 1 25616    83    189 [S]    3.9
1999 Aug  1 [Sun]   5:24:25 AM ROCSAT 1 25616    20    106 [E]    5.7

ROCSat 1999-002A was launched by Taiwan (Republic Of China). It carries space 
physics, communications and oceanographic experiments.

International users: Watch for an announcement this weekend. I've got some 
testing to finish, but it looks as if Satellite Hunting is finally, completly 
compatible with the comma as decimal symbol, under Regional Settings.


In a message dated 8/1/99 11:23:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

<< It didn't look as if it would so I rushed in to look at the clock
 which read 5:22:__ AM PDT (12:22 UTC).  From reconstucting, travelling
 west-to-east, my guess is that it had culminated close to due south
 (Az.170-190), El. 60-70 perhaps at 12:20:30-12:22:00 UTC 01 Aug. 1999 or
 close to that, previous to my initially acquiring it.
 I downloaded mccants.tle from Mike McCants' site.  Using Rob Matson's SkyMap
 as a search filter, no likely candidates came up.  Then I downloaded
 alldat.tle ( and got the same result with the search.  The only
 ones that came up in the search were Iridium 56 (too late) and Cosmos 1842
 both going on tracks perpindicular to the track to my unknown so no near
 matches at all.
 So I am stumped and wonder if anybody can identify it or if perhaps I've
 seen an uncataloged satellite.
 --  Jake Rees >>