Re: Strange sight last night

From: Tony Beresford (starman@camtech.net.au)
Date: Mon Jun 12 2000 - 22:12:59 PDT

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    At 02:47 13/06/00 , chester.geoff@usno.navy.mil wrote:
    >Greetings, all...
    
    >Running several sat-tracking programs, the concensus was that Cosmos 382
    >(04786 70103A) was in the right place at the right time.  Has anyone ever
    >seen a bright long-lived "flare" off this bird?  Does anyone know what kind
    >of satellite it is?  It seems to be in a fairly high orbit...
    Geoff, would the angular motion of #4786 be slow enough? I calculate it as
    about 5 degrees/minute. Since the sky was still light, only 10 minutes
    or so after sunset, you wouldnt have too many stars to compare it with!!
    
    There is an object in Molniya orbit, noticed by Ed Cannon & Mike McCants
    about 2 montha ago, that might fit the observation , its 
    in the Mike's mccants.tle and alldat.tle file as #90006. The much greater
    range does impose some problems as the specular surface would have to be
    some 40 square meters and NOT solar cells!
    
    A question to Mike Mccants or Ed Cannon. This object hasnt been tracked
    since about day 104. Can you or anybody else get an uptodate fix on it?
    It is in a 12hour synchronous orbit which doesnt come near me, so I cant
    do ANYTHING about it.
    
    Tony Beresford
    
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