AMS 4 (DMSP F4, 11389, 79-050A) obs

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Sun Aug 13 2000 - 13:18:16 PDT

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    Saturday morning (local) I went out to watch Perseids but took a handful 
    of satellite predictions with me.  AMS 4 (DMSP F4, 11389, 79-050A) had 
    90-day-old elements, and my Quicksat predictions had a 3.4-minute 
    uncertainty.  After failing to find it a few degrees right of Polaris, I 
    lay on my meteor-watching lawn chair and looked for it just west of beta 
    Andromedae.  It appeared and passed a degree or two west of that star at 
    about 10:46:23, which made it roughly 2:50-51 (170-171 seconds) later 
    than my predictions.
    
    I saw 11 other satellites, including the NOSS 2-2 trio.  Eight of the 12
    were accidental one-power ones that went through the part of the sky 
    where I was watching for Perseids.  
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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