RE: Cosmos 1943

From: Ted Molczan (molczanseesat@rogers.com)
Date: Sat Feb 03 2007 - 21:54:00 EST

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    Daniel Magoon wrote:
    
    >           Tonight I observed what appeared to be Cosmos 
    > 1943(SPACECOM:19120). However its path didn't follow exactly 
    > the Heavens Above path. I observed at 23:43 UTC an 
    > object(Cosmos 1943) that arrived at the time Heavens Above 
    > predicted.  It passed to the west of omnicron Persei. 
    > According to Heavens Above it should have passed between 
    > omnicron Persei and zeta Persei.  The object I observed was 
    > about magnitude 4 and was of constant brightness. Did anyone 
    > else observe this.
    
    According to your sig, you are at 42.0780 N, 70.6500 W, in which case Heavens
    Above predicts passage well to the west of omicron Persei:
    
    http://www.heavens-above.com/PassDetails.asp?Size=1600&Lat=42.0780&Lng=-70.65&TZ
    =EST&Loc=Marshfield&SatID=19120&Date=39116.9890868173&FOV=60&ORA=57.537140915176
    &ODEC=41.6973635155653
    
    Were you at different coordinates? 
    
    Did you enter your coordinates correctly?
    
    Since this was near over-head pass, an error in your coordinates of a few tenths
    of a degree might account for the discrepancy that you reported.
    
    Ted Molczan
    
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