Obs. 19 January

Mir16609@aol.com
Tue, 19 Jan 1999 20:25:46 EST

Hello everyone.

Using the latest elset:
NOSS 2-3 r        10    3    0 4.8               326 x 298
1 23907U 96029B   99016.99817722  .00122000  00000-0  47188-3 0    06
2 23907  63.4196  11.8044 0020999  67.9602 292.0398 15.86427262    05
This r/b was running about 30 seconds early this evening; passing about 0.5
deg above Deneb at 23:13:59 UTC.   It's brightness was about a +3.0 until
about 23:13:45, when it quickly faded to about a 4.5 to 5.0.   There were some
hazy clouds in the area which could have accounted for some of the brightness
decrease but it happened so quickly it seemed to resemble an entry to eclipse.

Iridium 27 gave some bright (1x) flashes this evening at 23:34:00 UTC (+/- 3
secs) and 23:36:20 UTC (+/- 3 secs). 

Note to lurkers in the Baltimore-Washington area:  There will be visible
evening passes for the Mir for seven straight evenings  beginning on 21
January.   I have posted plots of the passes at:
http://members.aol.com/mir16609/md-sats.htm
The best passes will occur on 1/23 (through Orion), 1/24 (through Cassiopeia)
and 1/26 (below Cassiopeia).
I'll update the plots if the error gets greater than 60 seconds. 

Cheers.
Don Gardner
Homepage: http://hometown.aol.com/mir16609
39.1796 N,  76.8419 W, 34m ASL