Re: mystery object + obs

Bjoern Gimle (b_gimle@algonet.se)
Mon, 26 May 1997 20:25:30 +0200

Tristan Cools 970525:
>
>That same evening I saw a Mir-like object at 21:13 UTC with approximately
>that same brightness of mag 0 to -1 moving from west to east with a maximum
>culmination of(I guess) 40 degrees.  I could not make any positional
>measurements because I was busy with another satellite at the same time.
>Mir wasn't visible at that time and I could not find any reasonable
>candidate which could become so bright.  Maybe it was at +- 400 km altitude.
>So what is it: maybe a recently launched object ?
>
Yes,                      Culmination:     Shadow:
 5/25/97 21:10:03 235  8  21:12:10 160 41  21:14:05  86 10   0.9 24813 Rkt
 5/25/97 21:12:11 236  8  21:14:19 160 41  21:15:49  90 14   0.8 24814 Platf

you saw the new Proton rocket, soon decaying. You have an excellent to
follow it, and the fainter platform until decay !

Element set number = 1
1 24813U 97026B   97145.43977852  .00738785  11924-4  29478-3 0    75
2 24813  51.5934 142.5559 0008299 285.3645  74.6460 16.22835084   128
Element set number = 2
1 24813U 97026B   97145.56292672  .00723090  11929-4  28434-3 0    89
2 24813  51.5918 141.8741 0008460 286.5764  73.4355 16.23009775   143
Element set number = 3
1 24813U 97026B   97145.87074129  .00766663  11942-4  29014-3 0    92
2 24813  51.5916 140.1768 0008297 290.9437  69.0935 16.23472950   195
Element set number = 4
1 24813U 97026B   97146.42456868  .00744888  11965-4  26322-3 0   109
2 24813  51.5930 137.1128 0007996 291.6223  68.3666 16.24299832   283
Element set number = 5
1 24813U 97026B   97145.19344104  .00815478  11914-4  33492-3 0    60
2 24813  51.5885 143.9119 0008468 283.6983  76.3081 16.22472386    89


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