RE: Satelite Ident.

From: Ted Molczan (molczan@rogers.com)
Date: Sat Jul 10 2004 - 16:10:33 EDT

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    Kevin Grey requested the identity of a satellite:
    
    >         Roughly travelling North West making a line from 
    > Arcturus to Alkaid (eta Ursae Majoris).  It was red in color 
    > and dimmed slowly as it travelled north.  The time was 11:38 
    > PM Eastern Time, location: New York City (more specifically, 
    > Jersey City: 40deg 43' 47"N, 74deg 4' 11" W). Visual 
    > magnitude was perhaps a 1 or 2 at brightest when I saw it 
    > (hard for me to guestimate because it was very red).
    
    ADEOS 2 passed close to Arcturus, but rather far from Alkaid:
    
    ADEOS 2          0.0  0.0  0.0  4.9 v
    1 27597U 02056A   04192.28416049 -.00000014  00000-0  12544-4 0  4916
    2 27597  98.6673 267.2286 0001270 102.6510 257.4773 14.25882072 81833
    
    Did you actually observe it in close proximity to Alkaid, or did you project its
    travel in that direction?
    
    If this was ADEOS 2, then it was unusually bright. It predicted magnitude was
    about 5.
    
    The satellite is covered mostly by a gold thermal blanket, which would be
    expected to make it appear yellow-red:
    
    http://www.eoc.jaxa.jp/satellite/satdata/adeos2_e.html
    
    Ted Molczan
    
    
    
    
    
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