Shenzhou objects

From: richard.keen@kingsmarket.com
Date: Wed Jan 01 2003 - 21:12:06 EST

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     Using the following elements posted on Seesat by Ron Lee and Ted Molczan, and
    taking the second set to be the Shenzhou rocket...
     Shenzhou 4       5.0  2.0  0.0  5.0 d   10       337 x 331 km
     1 27630U 02061A   02365.84188149 -.00150916  00000-0 -84753-3 0   126
     2 27630  42.4030 326.7807 0004452 180.1751 270.4674 15.78654533   348
     SZ-4 rk
     1 27630U 02061A   02364.38854632  .00779380  82659-5  57683-3 0    50
     2 27630  42.4073 335.6309 0099754 134.9968   2.7393 16.04294545   119
     I got the following Quicksat predictions....
     39.877 105.391 8950 Coal Creek Canyon, CO 2000 14.5 5 F F F T F
      H  M  S Tim Al AziC Dir  Mag Dys F  Hgt Shd  Rng  R A  Dec
     2003 Jan 2  ThuUT040 1329
      0 55 50  .2 34 154C 270  2.7   1 6  213 107  360  2 6-12.4 Shenzhou 4
      1 10 41  .5 35 188  290  3.3   3 7  161  39  271  028-15.0 SZ-4 rk
     With partly cloudy skies and light snow, I was able to see both objects within
    a minute of the predicted times.
     Shenzhou 4 was a steady magnitude 3, while the rocket (I presume) appeared in
    the southwest at magnitude 3, and brightened to magnitude 0.5 before it
    disappeared into the Earth's shadow.
     Cheers, Rich Keen, Coal Creek Canyon, Colorado, USA (39.877N, 105.391W,
    elevation 2728m)
    
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