MIR marathon and UNID

Leo Barhorst (leobarhorst@pi.net)
Sun, 01 Jun 1997 13:03:27 +0200


Last night I observed MIR on three consecutive orbits. As the first pass was
almost 1 hour after dark and the third 1 hour before dawn, it was a mini-marathon. 
21:54	S, mag 0
23:29	S, mag -2
01:04	S, mag -2


This night I observed 3 UNID's. Two could be identified using Skymap and Alldat.tle
file: 89- 86 B and 81-  8 A; see the 970531.obs-report.

At 22:30 I observed a rapid flashing satellite moving from about RA=16h10 d=+45 to
RA=17h20 d=+62. With Skymap and Mike's 970531 Alldat.tle the only candidate was
92- 93 EM. The track plotted by Skymap perfectly matches the observed one.
This obs has to be conmfirmed.
In PPAS format:
92- 93EM 97-05-31 22:30:05   LB   48.3 0.1  40  1.208 FF, mag 4->inv 
It was rather bright for a piece of debris.

Greetings and clear skies

Leo Barhorst		Alkmaar			The Netherlands
52.65 North		4.767 East		1 m ASL
Member of Seesat-L
Every day I wonder about the things I see in the (night)sky