Centaur and two NOSS observed

From: Ted Molczan (molczan@rogers.com)
Date: Tue Dec 02 2003 - 18:09:41 EST

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    On 2003 Dec 02 at 22:13 UTC, I observed the Centaur followed 22 s later by what
    I believe are two NOSS payloads. I did not see anything else +/- about 1 min,
    but the sky was bright, and I observed at 16 deg elevation, so I could have
    missed something.
    I obtained rough positional obs of the Centaur and the trailing NOSS, using
    reference stars 3 deg apart.
    The Centaur was 78 s late and about 1.6 deg off course, relative the search
    elset I posted earlier.
    The trailing NOSS was about 56 s later, and about 1,8 deg off course, relative
    the search elset.
    It appears that the RAAN of both planes may be too low by about 1 deg.
    I hope to get better points on my next passes. The sky is clear, but clouds are
    lurking in the area.
    Ted Molczan
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