Re: UNID Precedes SL-16 Rocket?

Mark A. Hanning-Lee (
Sat, 14 Aug 1999 11:28:48 -0700

Tom Smith wrote:
> Tonight I was waiting for SL-16 Rocket when I observed a UNID flare to
> magnitude +2 for about 3 seconds.   The UNID flare occurred at 1999 August
> 14, 04:55:47 UTC, moving north-northwest, between Hercules and the head of
> Draco, in what seemed to be the same path as SL-16 Rocket.   It preceded
> SL-16 Rocket by almost exactly 2 minutes.
> SL-16 Rocket put on a spectacular show, easy to see with the naked eye in
> severe light pollution.   It was pulsing approximately 3 times/second
> (guess), magnitude +2.   Also observed 2 bright Perseids at the time shown
> above.

Yes, I also saw the flare and the Perseids from nearby Tustin CA. The
flare was Okean-O, as Stephen has pointed out. Nice to see the rocket
and its payload "meeting" again!

Best, Mark