Miscellany Wednesday PM

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Thu Jul 01 2004 - 05:37:05 EDT

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    Congratulations to everyone who's worked with Cassini!
    
    A few miscellaneous items from last night.  (Hope my previous
    message about 90019 gets through eventually; it's been three
    hours since I sent it.)
    
    Cosmos 1825 (87-024A, 17566) and Cosmos 1408 (82-092A, 13552) 
    were traveling in tandem less than ten seconds apart, almost
    like USA 160 A and C.
    
    Okean 1-7 (94-066A, 23317) did a zero magnitude flare near
    culmination.
    
    Meteor 2-2 (77-002A, 09661) seemed to be tumbling slowly.  I 
    was not expecting such and first thought it was just a flare, 
    but it dimmed and brightened a number of times.  
    
    TOPEX (92-052A, 22076) appeared as an unid crossing near
    position of Raduga 16 and later flared to about +3 not far
    north of Leo.
    
    SPOT 5 (02-021A, 27421) flared to about +3 in Ursa Major,
    as it crossed and went along the Big Dipper.
    
    It had been so long I wasn't sure when to look for Superbird,
    but I managed to catch the last four minutes or so, ending
    at about 3:32:27, very near RA 15:00.
    
    Iridium 21 "?" (99-032B, 25778) flared twice over a span of
    30 or 40 degrees, not so predicted by Iridflar.
    
    I was at E. Ney Museum: 30.307N, 97.727W, 150m.
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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