APT seen with just the eye!

From: Kevin Fetter (kfetter@yahoo.com)
Date: Wed Mar 30 2005 - 05:12:49 EST

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    I been observing the APT's ( additional propellent tank ) used on the Breeze upper stage. The are
    used on the proton rocket.
    I had made observations of there approx mag, and got a result that on a good pass, then can be
    seen with just the eye, and can get bright.
    Today at around 9:49 UTC ( Mar 30 ) I had such predicted pass:) It waa the APT from AMAZONAS geo
    sat launch on Aug 4, 2004. It's USSTRATCOM object 28395 ( 2004-031C ).
    So I went outside, and waited.
    And there's it was! Easy to see with the eye, under a bright hazy twilight sky.  The APT passed by
    zeta hercules at
    RA 16 h 41 m 
    declination +31 deg 36 min
    Didn't get a mag estimation, to busy enjoying the show:)
    Very happy sat observer.
    Go APT'S!
    44.6062 N
    75.6910 W
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