July 3-4 OBS

Tony Beresford (starman@camtech.net.au)
Sun, 04 Jul 1999 23:21:19 +0930

In IOD format
99099 99 099A   8597 G 19990703105755410 17 25 1621800+191200 48 S+060 05       
23609 95 034A   8597 F 19990704114546150 17 25 1235500-613900 38 S+068 05
23609 95 034A   8597 F 19990704114718480 17 25 1415000-533200 38 S+057 05

Object 23609 on July 4, is recovery of unknown molniya2, first
observed by Rob McNaught in the morning sky a couple of months ago.
It have used the identification of it that David Brierly proposed.
Its 70 seconds early on the orbital elements in MiKe McCants classfd.zip
file where its identified as by catalog number 99009

Its currently enetering shadow at about 55 degrees elevation as it climbs
northwards from perigee. It then exits shadow at 30-35 degrees
elevation in North. The time spent in shadow is shrinking by the
day. By July 8 it will just be kissing the shadow. It will be interesting
to see if the bright flashes that lead to the discovery of it, (and 99008)
happen as it passes nearly overhead for NW NSW .
Tony Beresford