Observations: Unexpected & Unidentified Sats

Robert Sheaffer (sheaffer@netcom.com)
Sat, 14 Jun 1997 10:10:26 -0700

Observations  13 June 1997    (Fri Eve., 14 June UT)

05:39        Unexpected mag 3 satellite seen moving southbound at approx
             90 deg azimuth, 30 deg elevation. Only seen along a
             brief arc. Matches quite well with predicted time &
             path of #18312, Meteor 2-16. Skymap predicted a
             magnitude of 5.9 from mag in Molczan element set.

05:45:40     Approx culmination of unidentified mag 3 southbound
             satellite. Travelling along a path parallel to Zeta/
             Epsilon/Mu Herculis, a few deg west of them. Rapid
             sub-second flashes seen before the object apparently
             passed into shadow below Mu Herculis. No matching
             object in latest Molczan element set, none in "alldat.tle"
             of a week ago. A new launch? A puzzling and intriguing object!

05:53:40     Unexpected eastbound Mag 3.5 satellite in the eastern
             part of Hercules. Probably #24036, Spot 2. Predicted
             mag 5.4.

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