MMS "nebula" observed -- briefly

From: Ed Cannon via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Fri, 13 Mar 2015 05:32:44 +0000 (UTC)
There were cloud problems here.  I drove to BCRC and saw
that I needed to drive farther west.  About ten miles west
on the odometer time was running out, so I found a place
and got out and looked at about 4:15 UTC then looked down
and looked up again, to the west -- and there it was!  It
was about twice the size of the full Moon, more or less,
and was obviously climbing higher, moving west to east. 
It was traveling between Orion and Auriga.  At about 4:17 
UTC I noted that it was oblong and that the length was very 
comparable to the width of the three-star belt of Orion. 
Unfortunately, at about 4:18 it went behind some cirrus 
cloud.  I gave up at about 4:20.  Also unfortunately, when 
I got to the location, I found that I had left behind my 
binoculars and sky atlas and red flashlight, etc.!  Good 
grief!  So I just eyeballed it and only saw the nebula. 
It was moving quite rapidly.  It went from altitude about 
30 to about 60 degrees in those three minutes.  From the 
predictions that Mike sent to me (Thanks, Mike!) it looks 
like maybe it might have been a couple of minutes early. 
But also, I was not at the BCRC site but was several miles 
farther west -- not sure how much difference that would 
make at that range (1500 to 2000 miles or 2400 to 3200 km). 

Congratulations to Kevin -- and to others I hope -- who 
observed it also.

Ed Cannon -- Austin, Texas, USA
edcannonsat c/o yahoo.com
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