RE: Help with unid

From: Ted Molczan (ssl3molcz@rogers.com)
Date: Thu Jun 02 2011 - 22:01:49 UTC

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    Tom Laskowski wrote:
    
    > I saw a slowly tumbling, slow-moving satellite while watching the clouds
    > drift in last night here at the Texas Star Party.
    > 
    > I got two approximate positions as it passed just north of Rasalgethi then
    > just above Rasalhague at 04:41:41 ut and 04:42:06 respectively.
    > 
    > 04:41:41 UT   17h 15.4m  +14 34.5
    > 04:42:06 UT   17h 35.6m  +12 47.5
    > 
    > My location: Prude Ranch @ N30 36' 37", W103 55' 32
    > 
    > I came up empty with Findsat and IDsat.
    > 
    > Any ideas?  I will look again tonight if the sky cooperates.
    
    Your observations are pretty accurate; IDSat reveals that the object is the rocket body of Sinosat 2 (06048B / 29517).
    
    Ted Molczan
    
    
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