Observation of chinese SZ-9 Module' last pass observable from France

From: alain.figer@club-internet.fr
Date: Sun Dec 02 2012 - 16:55:37 UTC

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    Hi all,
    This morning, my friend Luc MAURIN spotted visually the SZ-9 Module, 2012-32H, object 38550, from Avignon (France;  43°55'N  4°48' E ; 25m a.s.l.), passing well under Regulus on 2 December 5h50.0 UT (±20s).
    He watched the satellite passing from HYA to VIR shining not brighter than magnitude 3.
    At the same time but far more to the North  (48°67'N 2°13'E ; 170m a.s.l.)., despite a relatively clear sky I was not able to spot the satellite due to pass at only 9° altitude above the dusty horizon of Paris suburbs
    The pass observed by Luc was about in time according to one of the latest Calsky predictions. It was object 38550 last pass observable from France before the forecasted decay.
    Alain Figer
    Paris suburbs, France
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