97-68B Centaur Rk observation

Mike McCants (mikem@freeside.fc.net)
Thu, 19 Mar 1998 00:11:44 -0600 (CST)

Tonight I observed the 97-68B Centaur rocket for a while.

I mainly used my 8 inch telescope at 50x, but it was visible
in my 12x80 finder scope at a range of 13000 miles.

It will be making evening passes over the US for the next week
or so.

The tumble period was about 1.16 seconds.  However, about every
6 minutes or so, an "extra" flash appeared next to one of the
regular flashes and gradually moved from one flash to the
next.  So I would assume that there is a "wobble" to the tumble.

Centaur Rk    
1 25035U 97068B   98 77.84987838  .00000000  00000-0  00000+0 0    03
2 25035  64.7400 319.4874 7120000 269.1792  90.8208  2.02921000    03

Mike McCants