3 Sat

Geoff Chester (NASEP007@sivm.si.edu)
Mon, 24 Jul 95 11:37:02 EDT

Jim;

I concur with Alphonse's identification of the "third man in" (for which
you get a game misconduct and a 10-minute major...) as being 00047 Transit
2A R/B.  According to SKYMAP 5.7 it split the other 2 at 05:24:30 UT, right
in the vicinity of Rasalhague. In the 5 minute span centered on 05:24 there
were no less than 8 satellites culminating above 50 degrees from your loca-
tion!  Here's a snippet from Mike McCants' QUICKSAT for your location and
time:

  38.458 121.398    0.    Sacramento   CA       2000  6.0 40 F F T T T

***  1995 July 23  Sun morning  *** Times are AM  UT ***   419 12 4
 H  M  S  Tim Al Azi C Dir  Mag Dys F  Hgt Shd  Rng  EW Phs  R A   Dec
21397 Okean 3        6.0 2.0      16 3.8   4.0
 5 22 10   .1 40 350   354  5.2  21 3  406 281  593 1.3 113 1227  82.3
 5 22 30   .1 47 350   352  4.8  21 3  406 262  534 1.5 107 1450  78.3
 5 22 49   .1 56 348   352  4.4  21 3  406 241  482 1.7 100 1557  71.0
 5 23  9   .1 66 346   351  4.1  21 3  406 219  442 1.9  92 1631  61.4
 5 23 29   .1 77 338   344  3.8  21 3  407 196  416 2.0  82 1650  50.1
 5 23 48   .1 87 261 C 267  3.6  21 3  407 170  408 2.1  72 17 3  37.6
 5 24  8   .1 77 189   196  3.6  21 3  407 144  417 2.1  62 1712  25.2
 5 24 28   .1 65 182   187  3.6  21 3  407 116  444 2.0  53 1718  13.7
 5 24 47   .1 55 179   186  3.8  21 3  407  86  485 1.9  46 1724   3.7
 5 25  7   .1 47 178   182  4.0  21 3  408  54  536 1.7  42 1728  -4.7
 5 25 26   .1 40 177   187  4.3  21 3  408  21  596 1.5  38 1731 -11.6

18422 Cosmos 1892 Rk 7.4 2.4     4.1 3.4   4.0
 5 22 14   .1 40 355     4  5.1  24 2  399 267  584 1.3 111 13 5  85.7
 5 22 33   .1 47 356     6  4.7  24 2  399 248  525 1.5 105 16 3  80.6
 5 22 52   .1 55 356     5  4.3  24 2  399 227  474 1.7  98 1652  72.6
 5 23 11   .1 66 358     7  4.0  24 2  399 205  434 1.9  89 1712  62.7
 5 23 31   .1 77   3    10  3.7  24 2  399 181  409 2.1  79 1724  51.2
 5 23 50   .1 88  80 C  87  3.6  24 2  400 156  400 2.1  69 1731  38.6
 5 24  9   .1 77 164   169  3.5  24 2  400 129  409 2.1  59 1737  26.0
 5 24 28   .1 66 169   173  3.5  24 2  400 101  435 2.0  50 1740  14.4
 5 24 48   .1 56 170   176  3.7  24 3  400  71  474 1.9  43 1743   4.4
 5 25  7   .1 47 171   174  3.9  24 3  400  39  525 1.7  38 1746  -4.1

16495 Cosmos 1726    6.0 2.0      14 3.8   3.0
 5 22 32   .1 50 153   322  2.6  20 0  373  24  473 1.8  32 1827   1.5
 5 22 49   .1 57 142   313  2.5  20 0  373  47  436 1.9  37 1838  10.5
 5 23  7   .1 63 125   298  2.4  20 0  373  68  413 2.0  44 1852  20.8
 5 23 25   .1 67  98 C 273  2.4  20 0  373  89  403 2.0  53 1910  31.7
 5 23 43   .1 64  70   247  2.6  20 0  373 110  410 1.9  63 1933  42.5
 5 24  1   .1 59  50   229  2.8  20 1  373 129  431 1.8  72 20 4  52.2
 5 24 18   .1 51  38   219  3.1  20 1  373 148  465 1.7  80 2045  60.2
 5 24 36   .1 45  31   213  3.4  20 1  373 166  509 1.5  87 2139  65.9

20671 Met 2-19 Rk    7.4 2.4     5.9 3.4   4.0
 5 22 38   .1 43 219    37  5.2  20 8  591 327  805 1.1  70 1531  -1.1
 5 23  7   .1 50 227    43  5.1  20 8  591 351  740 1.2  74 1527   7.3
 5 23 36   .1 56 239    54  4.9  20 8  591 375  690 1.2  79 1522  16.9
 5 24  5   .1 62 258    70  4.9  20 8  591 397  659 1.3  85 1514  27.7
 5 24 34   .1 63 282 C  93  4.9  20 8  591 418  650 1.3  92 15 4  39.0
 5 25  3   .1 61 306   115  5.0  20 8  590 438  664 1.2  99 1449  50.1
 5 25 32   .1 55 323   129  5.3  20 9  590 457  700 1.2 105 1426  60.2
 5 26  1   .1 48 334   139  5.6  20 9  590 475  754 1.1 110 1348  68.8
 5 26 30   .1 42 341   144  5.9  20 9  590 491  822 1.0 114 1243  75.3

   47 Trans 2A Rk    4.8 1.4     5.2 4.4   5.0
 5 23 26   .1 41 194   343  5.4  19 9  422  88  609 1.5  51 1637  -9.9
 5 23 45   .1 47 191   341  5.2  19 9  420  97  551 1.6  50 1650  -4.0
 5 24  5   .1 55 186   338  4.9  19 9  419 107  501 1.8  50 17 6   3.1
 5 24 24   .1 63 178   329  4.7  19 9  417 116  461 1.9  51 1724  11.5
 5 24 44   .1 72 160   313  4.6  19 9  415 126  435 2.0  53 1747  21.0
 5 25  3   .1 77 119 C 273  4.6  19 9  414 135  424 2.0  57 1816  30.9
 5 25 22   .1 73  76   230  4.7  19 9  412 145  430 1.9  63 1852  40.5
 5 25 42   .1 64  56   211  4.9  19 9  410 155  452 1.8  69 1936  48.6
 5 26  1   .1 55  47   202  5.1  19 9  409 164  488 1.6  74 2028  54.6
 5 26 21   .1 47  42   199  5.4  19 9  407 174  535 1.4  79 2123  58.2
 5 26 40   .1 40  39   197  5.7  19 9  406 183  591 1.3  84 2217  59.9

I saw a similar event about 2 years ago from my yard in Alexandria, VA.
It put me "over the edge" and back into "serious" satellite watching...

TTFN
Geoff

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