Re: unid - new orbits

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Fri Jul 29 2005 - 21:13:23 EDT

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    I wish I had thought of this a couple of hours ago.  Tonight
    (July 29/30), all of Björn's calculated provisional orbits 
    for my unid of July 2 and 16 (UTC) converge within about 20 
    minutes (e.g., 2:58-3:18 UTC here just under two hours from
    now, as I write).  I mean the orbits Björn provided in the 
    following message:
    From the two times I saw it, I'll venture a Quicksat intrinsic
    magnitude of at least +3.5 if not a little brighter; that's
    about +5.0 or a little brighter standard magnitude.
    For Quicksat/Highfly users, it's a Highfly object.
    If it has non-zero drag, it could be running earlier than the
    predictions those elements will give.
    The weather here and my back seem to be making it not very
    likely that I'll get to try to see it, but farther north (all
    the way to Canada) and maybe far south Texas might be able to
    see it.  It would be very neat if someone could spot it and 
    get a couple of positions.
    Ed Cannon - - Austin, Texas, USA
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