Insertion burn observed

From: Daniel Deak (
Date: Tue Feb 27 2001 - 20:49:55 PST

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    Hi everyone,
    Thanks a lot Ted !
    With the help of elset 70003 (70002 did not give good results), I was able
    to observe the insertion burn of the Centaur stage. Weather was very cold
    and I had only 10 minutes to get prepared because I was working on
    Starshine 3 structural parts and came back home just before the observation.
    Without knowing the exact location of that burn and because my city sky is
    not dark, I had trouble spotting the cloud produced by the burn. When I first
    spotted it, I thought it was a nebula or a globular cluster. I don't know my
    sky very well and I decided to wait, while holding my 20x80 by hand, to see
    if it was drifting and it was ! The time of the first observation is uncertain
    since I was not sure what it was and I did not want to lose its location. I
    figure it was around 03:45 UT. Its size was about 20 arc minutes and magnitude
    around 5.
    I waited for the propellant dump but clouds moved in in that area of the sky.
    The burn cloud remained visible in my binocs for about 5 minutes. It was
    grossly triangular in shape. My girlfriend also saw it using my 7x35.
    Nice observation !
    Daniel Deak
    representant, projet spatial Starshine
    Drummondville, Quebec
    COSPAR site 1746 : 45.8537N, 72.4857W, 90 m., UTC-5:00
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