Oldest SAT

Mon, 7 Jun 1999 22:17:16 +0200

Hello everyone,

I have lately become fascinated to know, "What is the oldest object still in
Earth orbit?"  According to my latest Molzcan elset file, Vanguard 1
(58002B/00005) is still in Earth orbit.  My question for the group is, how
easy is it to catch a glimpse of this ancient satellite?  I don't think I
have ever read of a sighting by anyone in the group.

SatSpy 3.0 predicts a decent pass almost directly overhead of my location
tonight (though it is scheduled to rise in the West only 19 minutes after
sundown local time).

Here's wishing everyone dark skies and mild temperatures.

36.7653N 76.2178W, 3.7m
Chesapeake, Virginia, USA