Re[2]: 98001 found
Thu, 25 Feb 99 09:22:45 -0500

I'll "second" Mike's plug for 97068B.  He first showed me this spectacular
flasher at Canyon of the Eagles outside of Austin in his 8-inch Odyssey
telescope.  It was well worth freezing my extremeties for!  I've since observed
it a couple of times from my home in Alaxandria, VA.  It is an easy target for
an 8-inch 'scope, and in dark skies should be easy in a 4-inch.  I'd love to see
it at perigee!


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Subject:    Re: 98001 found 
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Date:       24-Feb-99 6:48 PM

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While I have the soapbox, I would like to put in a "plug" for

Centaur Rk       8.6  3.0  0.0  3.5 v
1 25035U 97068B   99016.92061084  .00000000  00000-0  00000+0 0    02
2 25035  64.5800 281.1640 7023000 265.4800  94.1617  2.02916000    07

This Centaur rocket flashes every second and when it comes over the 
US in the evening sky at only 5000 miles, it's quite spectacular.

But I must admit that this elset is in error.  I observed it to be
about 5 minutes early compared to this elset (and a little east), but I
have not taken time to revise the elset.

The best passes are already occurring for the West Coast, with more favorable
passes to the east over the next week.

Mike McCants