#24937 GE 3 Atlas R/B

Matson, Robert (ROBERT.D.MATSON@cpmx.saic.com)
Thu, 8 Jul 1999 13:33:00 -0700

Hi All,

Coastal clouds have killed me for the last several weeks, but
in between cloud banks I managed to catch a very dim UNID passing
slowly by del-Oph Thursday night, July 7th.  Positive SkyMap
identification of #24937, GE 3 Atlas R/B at a range of over
5000 km!  Visual magnitude was about +7.5; the corresponding
Molczan standard magnitude would be +4.6.  It doesn't appear
in the Molczan/McCants file, but might be worth adding since
the range can be considerably less closer to perigee.  --Rob