KH found?

From: Björn Gimle (b_gimle@algonet.se)
Date: Sat Jan 17 2004 - 15:11:58 EST

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    Today I had an unexpected clearing of our 99% cloud cover.
    I searched for USA 116 using my #70134 search elset, and at +9 minutes I saw
    an object within my 1.9 degree FOV (at 8 deg el, az 000). It crossed my FOV
    in 11 s, which is close to what should be expected.
    
    Unfortunately, in my haste, I had left my stopwatch and voice-recorder
    behind. I got three times by looking at my radio-controlled, illuminated
    wristwatch, but forgot the first time, and the star-split fraction of the
    second.
    
    For other reasons, I forgot the voice recorder and mishandled my stopwatch
    on the next pass, so there was no time recorded. But I did get three
    positions.
    
    No other object in satellite.tle, mccants.tle or classfd.tle matches the
    time and direction, and on the second pass there was a typical flash and
    severe dimming after the first obs.
    
    70834 01 044A   5919 F 20040117161543000 28 25 1319827+383669 29 S
    70834 01 044A   5919 F 20040117161744000 28 25 1459852+384860 29 S
    70834 01 044A   5919 F 20040117161801000 28 25 1513890+380315 29 S
    70834 01 044A   5919 F 20040117175220000 29 25 1449943+372928 28 S
    70834 01 044A   5919 F 20040117175255000 29 25 1515946+371494 48 S
    70834 01 044A   5919 F 20040117175327000 29 25 1539483+364049 19 S
    
    USA 161 search                                   907 x 398
    1 70834U 01044A   04017.68000000  .00002000  00000-0  90000-4 0    27
    2 70834  97.9260 133.7780 0361833 267.5892 199.7500 14.72725000    19
    
    If I'm not mistaken, Tony should have a pass around 16:04 UTC 20040118,
    descending from 16 degrees, getting better.
    
    /Björn
    
    -- COSPAR 5919, MALMA,    59.2576 N, 18.6172 E, 23 m         --
    -- COSPAR 5918, HAMMARBY, 59.2985 N, 18.1045 E, 44 m         --
    
    
    
    
    
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