RE jason's unid

karcher (101672.3140@compuserve.com)
Tue, 3 Mar 1998 08:31:56 -0500

Hi all
 Fortunately , and only one day after Jason  , I found , de visu , while
searching
for ASTRA 1 D ( now located at  28 deg EAST  ) the same satellite !
 I identified  it as ( 67001 X , norad 6779 , delta debris  see note belo=
w
)

 Each picture , exposed 30 sec , showed 3 flashes , period  6.76  and 11.=
75
 on the first , 6.84 and 12.37 s on the second , in good agreement with
jason's
 estimations  (  about 5 and 10 sec ) , its original tme ( 21h 35 ) is al=
so
OK.
  A very faint trace was visible , on both pictures , betwwen the 6.8 s
period.
 The photographic  flashes magnitude was about +10 , due to its shortness=
=2E

 This very interesting object  is visible each  2 or 3  nights  , at  10 =
to
 15000
 km range , expected visal mag : about + 5 at 10000 km.
 =

 Note from Pierre Neirinck ( Dunkerque )
 The NORAD " fragment " 67001  X   was observed by Pierre in 1980.It was
visible naked eye , flashing in the south horizon of Ditton Park ( where
was
the Satellites Orbits  Group )
  Pierre rightly called it CENTAUR 71116  B and sent predictions.
Strangely , the photometric period , according to my latest pbservations =
,
 has decreased !
  Here are some early timings :
                               Pierre     Daniel
    4 DEC 1981     8.28
  22 JAN 1982    8.286
  19 JUN 1982                   8.284
    4  JUL 1982    8.282  =

   15 JUL 1982                   8.289
   31 MA  1983    8.320
                                                         Dan Karcher  =

07.3417 E  47.8033N 230 m
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