Re: Cosmos 2405 - Wow!

From: Jeff Umbarger (jumbarger2000@yahoo.com)
Date: Sat Jun 03 2006 - 22:15:17 EDT

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    Also, forgot to mention, saw Cosmos 2405 at 2:57:30UT
    in western Virgo going extremly fast - thought it was
    a military jet at first! Did not flare for me but was
    +2 at eclipse...
    
    - Jeff
    
    --- Jeff Umbarger <jumbarger2000@yahoo.com> wrote:
    
    > 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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