Re: Iridium question & Sputnik 2

From: michael.waterman@gecm.com
Date: Wed Mar 22 2000 - 01:24:32 PST

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    Jonathan T Wojack:
    >has anyone here seen a satellite less than 24 hours before its fiery demise?
    
    Mike Waterman:
    >I saw Sputnik 2  1958 04 13 at 1953UT approx 6 hours before decay.
    
    Jonathan T Wojack:
    >What did this pass look like?
    
    Since it is not fresh in my mind, I can only add what I noted down at 
    the time:
    
    Position = approx halfway (IO:DRA) to (TH:DRA)
               RA = 1542.48   Dec = 59.01 Error = .3 deg (epoch 1950)
    Magnitude = -0.5 comparing with AL:BOO & Jupiter
    Site = Crowborough = COSPAR 2373 = 51.0611N  0.1856E  165m
    
    plus the comment that it looked normal: no colo[u]r or fragmentation;
         and that it was observed by naked eye.
    
    Mike Waterman      michael.waterman@gecm.com
    
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