Re: Fame comes to Bjoern (plus obs.)

Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Tue, 04 Feb 1997 01:59:12 -0600

Bjoern wrote:

>So am I, and I hope they didn't cut the top off my map -
>SkyMap v5.11 Copyright 1991-1996 by Rob Matson - since
>credit is due to Rob for his excellent tool.

Unfortunately, what they did is shrink it.  So, on my 14" (approx. 35 cm) 
monitors at least, although the top and bottom legends are still there, 
they are illegible.

I sent all the URLs to the TV station in my message to them, but they 
didn't include even one of them in the story published on their Web site.

*****

A few satellite observations:

When I first saw 79-11A (11266, Cosmos 1076) on Monday evening (0:58:59 UT 
on Tuesday), it was about magnitude -1, *four* magnitudes brighter than 
predicted by Quicksat!  It stayed that bright for several seconds as it 
approached culmination -- a near-zenith (79 deg.) pass.

Monday night I was able also to observe 93-15B (22564, UHF F1 Rk) through 
five or six (untimed) flash periods, with flashes at least mag. +2.  The 
flashes are brief, separated by more than 15 seconds of relative 
invisibility, so one must watch patiently to see it.  It also helps to 
get current elements.

Both of those observations were from Univ. of Texas campus, with no
magnification.

Sunday night (about 7:15:50, 1:15:50 UT Monday) I was watching 23088 
(94-23B, Cosmos 2278 Rk) in binoculars when a second, fainter object 
crossed the field at almost right angles to it.  The unknown wasn't in 
molczan/leo.tle, but I found it in Mike McCant's alldat.tle:  00701, 
63-47G, Atlas Centaur 2 Debris G.  

I rarely get to see a geosynchronous object, but Sunday night Mike M. 
located the errant Telstar 401 (22927, 93-77A) with the Austin 
Astronomical Society's 12.5-inch telescope, and we observed it vary in 
brightness for quite a while.  (I think he may have plans to post an 
informative message about it.)

Ed Cannon
ecannon@mail.utexas.edu
Austin, Texas, USA
30.30N, 97.73W