91-60A (Yuri 3B) and 90007/00653A

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Wed Jun 28 2000 - 18:11:16 PDT

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    Last night Mike McCants observed Yuri 3B flashing to +5 after 4:00
    UTC with a period (accelerated) of about 70.5 seconds -- however with 
    it missing irregularly at some of the expected times.  (I got a look
    also.  Mike would count down, and sometimes it would not show.  Then 
    maybe it would show 70.5 seconds later!)  This is a westward-drifting 
    near-geosynchronous object currently west of our local meridian.  
    Elements from mccants.tle file:
    
    Yuri 3B          5.0  2.0  0.0  5.0 d  1.6
    1 21668U 91060A   00176.61577651  .00000022  00000-0  00000+0 0  3011
    2 21668   2.0938  32.9268 0006232 308.9128  53.0817  0.98787588 35632
    
    Mike looked unsuccessfully, using the 8-inch telescope, for any sign 
    of Gorizont 14.  I'm pretty sure that I have seen it sometimes easily 
    in binoculars:
    
    Gorizont 14      3.0  0.0  0.0  6.0 d  4.1
    1 17969U 87040A   00176.46970952 -.00000136  00000-0  10000-3 0  7800
    2 17969  10.6703  38.5708 0028941 323.4215  36.3669  0.97658283 27196
    
    I was fortunate to find 90007/00653A with my binoculars and observe a 
    few flashes before it grew too faint.  This was around 2:30 UTC -- long
    before the end of twilight.
    
    Observing location:  30.314N, 97.866W, 280m.
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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