USA 129 Obs

From: Jari (finn1@telus.net)
Date: Sat Jun 19 2004 - 02:25:00 EDT

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    Using these elsets:
    
    USA 129         15.0  3.0  0.0  5.3 v
    1 24680U 96072A   04170.14261921  .00006779  00000-0  94621-4 0    00
    2 24680  98.0247 231.0198 0527859 252.3701 101.9214 14.72086403    05
    
    and despite twilight, i saw a single bright (mag 2) flash approx 10 deg
    directly below Dubhe in Ursa Major at 05:47:29 +/- 3sec 19 June UTC. I put
    my 10 x 50's on the object to briefly follow it and it was heading along the
    predicted track of USA 129 so i'm guessing it was it. As i was confirming
    where i saw the flash in relation to Dubhe when at 05:48:26 i saw an object
    flaring for several seconds approx 20 deg - diagonally towards the NNW -
    from the ref star Dubhe. Approx Az 325 deg El 35 deg. I believe that was USA
    129 as well as both had a slight orange tint to them.
    
    Jari
    49.40N
    125.00W
    30m
    
    
    
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