Object near Cosmos 1953

From: John A. Dormer 2 (jad@texas.net)
Date: Fri Feb 20 2009 - 01:59:49 UTC

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    It's been a little while since weather and personal availability have
    come together to let me start up on observations again.
    While watching Cosmos 1953 on a heading of 240, I noticed a very faint
    (averted-vision faint) object at a lower orbital inclination than 1953.
    My 12x50 binoculars let me follow it for about 12 seconds, and the
    object was within a degree of Cosmos 1953 the whole time it was in the
    5 FOV. As they stayed together quite well, I suspect that the two
    objects are at similar altitudes at the time of this observation.
    The closest approach, where the faint object crossed behind Cosmos 1953
    on its track was at about 19:42:29 19 Feb 2009 CST (01:42:29 20 Feb 2009
    UTC) in the constellation Lynx. This was seen from COSPAR 8330,
    30d8m42.6sN 97d52m43.8sW/30.145167 -97.878833 220m WGS84. At this time,
    Cosmos 1953 was at about 8h10m by 46.5.
    I suspect that this object was at or dimmer than 6th magnitude. Skies
    here are crystal.
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