Fun in the city under cirrus and moonlight

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Mon Mar 08 2004 - 03:55:08 EST

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    Sunday evening there was quite a bit of cirrus, plus of 
    course the moonlight showed up pretty early.  But I went 
    to the E. Ney museum grounds anyway, planning on searching 
    for the lost 90019.
    
    Right away I saw without magnification two bright, fairly 
    fast-moving satellites going perpendicular to each other:  
    the old Atlas Centaur 2 (63-047A, 00694) going east, and 
    Cosmos 1242 (81-008A, 12154) going south.  I saw nine 
    one-power ones in all, including Milstar 3 (99-023A, 25724) 
    near perigee.
    
    I saw six unids, one not in alldat (possibly 90019?).  One 
    of them was a flaring geosat, almost certainly Intelsat 705 
    (95-013B, 23528), at about 2:15-20 UTC.  My first one this 
    season, it was brighter than beta and delta Sextans, which 
    are +5.1 and +5.2, which it was near.  Another of the unids 
    was Intelsat 4-7 Rk (73-058B, 06797), which I saw by 
    accident flashing about five minutes before my predictions 
    for it.  (I just now noticed that I did had predictions for 
    it.  I tracked three unids within eight minutes!)
    
    The sky was getting less clear by soon after 9:00 PM local, 
    and I thought my last unid might have been 90019, so I 
    hurried back to my apartment, only to find out that one was 
    GOES 2 Rk(2) (77-048B, 10062).  It was another one that 
    turned out not to be in alldat.
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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