Molniya 3-49 plat. predicted pass at 140km

Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Sun, 12 Jul 1998 04:28:27 -0400

Using this elset:

SL-6 PLAT
1 25381U 98040C   98192.88442064  .07566154  84226-5  51405-3 0   524
2 25381  62.7777 198.3235 0058059 125.6716 234.9907 16.32102370  1744

I get this pass prediction (in miles; 87-88 miles = 139-140 km):

  30.309  97.728  500.   4501 Speedway, Austin, T 2000  3.5  9 F F T T T

***  1998 July 12  Sun morning  *** Times are AM CDT  ***  2123  548

 H  M  S  Tim Al Azi C Dir  Mag Dys F  Hgt Shd  Rng  EW Phs  R A   Dec

25381 SL-6 PLAT     
 6  0 20   .3 32 351    35 18.3   1 0   87  56  161 5.3 104 1853  82.4
 6  0 33   .3 47   8    46 17.5   1 1   88  56  119 7.2 108  1 2  72.0
 6  0 47   .3 61  60 C  90 17.2   1 1   88  56  100 7.9 111  2 7  40.5
 6  1  0   .3 47 112   134 17.5   1 1   88  57  119 5.8 107  228   8.4
 6  1 14   .3 32 129   145 18.2   1 1   88  57  161 4.2 102  239 -11.2

It's partly cloudy outside, and the above time is in dawning light
(solar elev. -8 deg.) with only so-so phase angle, but I still think 
if it's not too cloudy in 1.5 hours I'm going to try to get later 
elements and try to see it!  ...  Who needs sleep!!

Ed Cannon -- ecannon@mail.utexas.edu -- Austin, Texas, USA