Re: Satellite ID Help

J. Donald Gardner (fn470@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Sun, 28 Dec 1997 19:50:08 -0500 (EST)

Reply to message from of Sun, 28 Dec

>Its been a while seen I looked into the night sky, or at a star chart, so
>I'm not even going to attempt to give a magnitude of the object. The object
>was very easy to see with the naked eye and moved rather slow compared to
>others I've seen over many years. The direction of travel appeared to be
>from south to about north-northeast at 5:59 p.m. eastern time (2259 UTC).

>I'm about 25 miles south of Washington DC, so I put my latitude and
>longitude at about;

I'm about 15 miles north of DC and (ALthough I should have checked
in the alldat.tle file) I think I know what you saw.

It was probably NORAD 17590 (COSPAR 87027B), the rocket booster
(platform?) that put Cosmos 1833 in orbit.  I observed it tonight
and noted that it was about a Mag 3 - visible to the unaided eye.


Don Gardner
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