Re: Oldest SAT

Ron Lee (
Mon, 07 Jun 1999 14:44:53 -0600

I have seen it in an 8" telescope at or near perigee.  Give it a try even
if you only have binoculars.  The last time I saw it I had the
impression it MIGHT be visible in binoculars.

Ron Lee

>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.