Observations, Feb. 2 - 11630, 11672, 21876, 23088

Robert Sheaffer (sheaffer@netcom.com)
Sun, 2 Feb 1997 21:45:37 -0800

Observations Sunday evening, local time
(Feb. 3 1997 UT)

#11672 02:29:54  Culmination of Cosmos 1151 rocket. Mag approx 4 / 4.5.

#23088 02:59:30  " Cosmos 2278 rocket. Mag approx 3.5, slowly
tumbling, period not measured (10 sec?).

#11630 03:05:40 " Cosmos 1145 rocket. Mag approx 3.6, steady.

#21876 Cosmos 2180 rocket, "accelerating object". Appulse with Beta Cass. 
03:28:30, approx. 10-15 secs ahead of predicted position using Molczan's
elements of Jan. 30. Tumbling, period approx 4 secs, max magnitude
approx 5. Shadow entry soon thereafter. (Predicted time using Skymap).

Note: I have been using a "beta" version of Quicksat, which takes satellite
mag. from the elements file (if present); this results in *much* more accurate
predictions of what will be seen. My recommendation: make this the
default in future versions.


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