Raduga 33 / Mos 1-B

From: Russ Bessom (russbessom@desurf.com)
Date: Sat Jan 11 2003 - 16:15:41 EST

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    Greetings All
    While waiting for an old friend (Raduga 33) to pass by M36, using my big
    binos with 40x, a big bright orange sat passed through the field of view.
    First I thought it was ISS by the size, or one of the Lacrosses, but it had
    no structure, and the ISS isn't due at this time for another week or so.  I
    followed it for about 30 seconds.  It was steady with no flashes.  Nice!
    Time was 18:14 UTC.  I haven't seen this one before, but I will definitely
    look for it again.  I I'd the sat to be MOS 1-B with Mike's (Mccants) file
    MOS 1-B          2.4  1.5  1.3  6.9 d  5.0
    1 20478U 90013A   03008.73721675 -.00000042 +00000-0 +00000-0 0 08113
    2 20478 098.8154 048.2972 0005377 158.6468 201.4919 13.94681626578495
    At 18:09 saw Raduga 33 flash past M 38, 18:20 M 36, and 18:36 by M 37 Great
    sight! Didn't have my stopwatch, but in-between shivers I counted around 31
    seconds for a flash period, could be from 30-32 seconds I don't know.  It
    was very cold and I wasn't dressed for it (-11c)!  Despite the half moon, I
    got some pretty good observing in.  Both cloud bands of Jupiter were lined
    up with it's moons (3), the 4th (Io) was hidden by Jupiter.  Oh and I must
    not forget Saturn, Spectacular!  I wish I had more power!
    Russ Bessom - russbessom@desurf.com
    Zweibruecken Germany
    Lat 49.14.0 N / Long 7.19.0 E - 325m
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