Observations Sun Evening: 3 Surprises

Robert Sheaffer (sheaffer@netcom.com)
Mon, 12 May 1997 07:45:16 -0700

Observations 11 May 1997   (12 May 1997 UT)

Saw three unexpected, very bright satellites, in addition
to the usual stuff.

04:33   UT Approx time of culmination of Cosmos 1606 (#15369). Mag 4.

04:43:34   Unexpected satellite, Mag. 2.5, close appulse with
           Eta Bootis. Believed to be Cosmos 1461 (#14064).
           Predicted magnitude only 4.5.

04:47:49   Culmination of #23343, Resurs O1-3 rocket. Mag 2.8

04:52:05   Unexpected satellite moving northward through Bootes
           and Ursa Major. Glint at mag 0, then faded to 4.
           Believed to be #23233, DMSP B5D2-7. Predicted mag 5.

05:00:31   Near-zenith culmination of extremely bright unexpected
           northbound satellite, Mag 0 or nearly so. Believed
           to be #17131, Spot 1 r AA. Predicted mag only 5.2.
           Uniformly bright during entire pass.

05:03:30   Near-zenith culmination of Cosmos 1825 (#17566), Mag 4.



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