Re: Identify, please!

From: Stephmon@aol.com
Date: Fri Mar 31 2000 - 21:21:19 PST


In a message dated 3/31/00 9:10:34 PM Eastern Standard Time, tlj18@juno.com 
writes:

> At 0023, I was looking for Lacrosse 3.  Instead, at 45 degrees altitude,
>  I saw a mag. +6 to +7 satellite going from WSW to N.  Can someone tell me
>  if this was Lacrosse 3, or something else?  Maybe even eight magnitude -
>  I needed averted vision just to see it at all!

Well, since you mention Lacrosse 3 (and I'm assuming Iridium 43) I believe 
you mean to say 0123 UTC (8:23pm local). So I limited Satellite Hunting to 
search on 0123 to 0133 and found UME 2 Rocket...

U.T.C.  Satellite Name  Sat.#   Elev.   Azimuth Mag 
01:23:10    UME 2 r 10674    20°    229° [SW]   8.0
01:27:35    UME 2 r 10674    53°    300° [W]    6.8
01:31:55    UME 2 r 10674    20°    010° [N]    8.0

>  I then made my first sighting of the OCS at 0035.  But then at the end of
>  the pass, I saw another satellite, unidentifable for me.  It was at 20 to
>  25 degrees altitude, 3 degrees lower and to the left of OCS (estimate
>  about a 40 degrees angle).  Same speed, magnitude +3 to +4 for both of
>  them.  Perhaps this unidentified satellite is part of the OCS payload?

Again, I believe you mean 0135. Looking at the OCS pass, it appears that you 
probably looked at your watch at the very end of the pass. OCS was in the 
position you mention at about 0133, which would make Cosmos 1408 Rocket a 
likely candidate. Abbreviated Satellite Hunting output...

U.T.C.      Satellite Name  Sat.#   Elev.   Azimuth Mag
01:23:31    OCS         26062    0°     009° [N]    6.0
01:30:50    OCS         26062    47°    291° [W]    3.5
01:38:09    OCS         26062    0°     213° [SW]   6.0

U.T.C.      Satellite Name  Sat.#   Elev.   Azimuth Mag
01:23:46    Cosmos 1408 r   13553    0°     345° [N]    7.2
01:30:26    Cosmos 1408 r   13553    44°    267° [W]    4.6
01:33:20    Cosmos 1408 r   13553    18°    204° [S]    5.8
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