Recovery of 98-55A

From: David Brierley (davidbrierley@waitrose.com)
Date: Sat Jan 10 2004 - 04:12:58 EST

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    Russell's unknown of 2004 January 1 has proved to be 98-55A, ATEX, last seen in
    2000 June.  It was noted that the observation (and Russell's report of its
    direction of travel) fitted the plane of the orbit very well, and Greg Roberts
    made a search for it on the morning of January 7.  He didn't publish the
    observations until a definite identification had been made.
    
    Here are his observations, and a preliminary orbit.
    
    25489 98 055A   0433 G 20040107021143400 17 15 1656099-620501 39 I+084 05
    25489 98 055A   0433 G 20040107021242600 17 15 1527551-504458 39 I+071 05
    25489 98 055A   0433 G 20040107021329800 17 15 1439058-361903 39 I+082 05
    25489 98 055A   0433 G 20040107021429700 17 15 1358421-143521 39 I+086 05
    25489 98 055A   0433 G 20040107021530000 17 15 1333082+050619 39 I+085 05
    
    ATEX                            6.2 v
    1 25489U 98055A   04007.03046455  .00000300  00000-0  83956-4 0    04
    2 25489  84.9859 169.2983 0009003 251.2497 108.7501 14.46209114    07
    
    Observers should note that it is a faint object especially at unfavourable phase
    angles.
    
    
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