Orbital Express Centaur (30778, 07-006G)

From: Ed Cannon (edcannonsat@yahoo.com)
Date: Sat Mar 17 2007 - 02:44:34 EDT

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    Caught a brief pre-shadow-entry pass of the Orbital Express 
    Centaur, and it looked like a Centaur.  It had a period of 
    roughly seven seconds, with a secondary maximum, and the 
    primary maximum was bright.
    
    Earlier I managed to see the primary payload(s).  I had 
    identical predictions for 30772/07-006A and 30774/07-006C
    (two-day-old elements) but saw just one object.  It wasn't 
    (they weren't) very bright.  I think Mike's +5.5 intrinsic 
    magnitude (about +7.0 standard, I think) was close.  The 
    prediction was +5.4, and that was about right, I think.
    
    Ed Cannon - Austin, Texas, USA
    
    
    
     
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