Re: Cosmos 2405 - Wow!

From: Jeff Umbarger (jumbarger2000@yahoo.com)
Date: Sat Jun 03 2006 - 22:11:10 EDT

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    Hey Ed,
         Saw AM-11 at 6:50:30UT at RA:15hr39min and
    Dec.:-5.5deg from Plano TX (It has moved over the last
    week from high in my SSE to high in my SW - definitely
    in graveyard orbit. And it flares, with the same kind
    of pattern later and later each night. Expect to see
    it around 7UT tonight.
    
         Regards,
              Jeff Umbarger
              Plano, TX USA
              Lat: +33.06946N
              Lon: -96.76807W
              UTC-5
    
    --- Ed Cannon <edcannonsat@yahoo.com> wrote:
    
    > Last night there was a nearly straight up pass of
    > Cosmos 2405
    > (04-020A, 28350) in the NNW.  When I looked to see
    > it, it was
    > at least -4, if not one or two magnitudes brighter
    > than that!
    > Wow!  The range as it climbed in the sky before
    > going into 
    > shadow was between about 250 and 200 miles (400 and
    > 320 km).  
    > The prediction I had said the phase angle was 103
    > (somewhat
    > less than 50% illuminated).
    > 
    > I looked unsuccessfully for quite a long time last
    > night for 
    > Express AM-11 (04-015A, 28234).  It may be that the
    > changing
    > declination of the Sun has moved its flare track
    > away from 
    > this latitude (+30.3).
    > 
    > Ed Cannon - Austin, Texas, USA
    > 
    > 
    > 
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