Re: mystery object + obs

Kurt Jonckheere (kjonckheere@unicall.be)
Mon, 26 May 1997 20:31:01 +0200

hello all,

>93-1B: 8.7s Seen S by LB on 96-12-21, so it accelerated.
Yes, the value of the major axis has been increasing rather fast 
since the end of April.  More observations are needed !
Recent elements from OIG:
22308
1 22308U 93001B   97145.24216184 -.00000438  00000-0 -47445-3 0  6106
2 22308  82.9357 205.8805 0028852 136.7772 223.5673 13.74924754219025

>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
>candidate which could become so bright.  Maybe it was at +- 400 km altitude.
It was at 220 km !
Thanks to Alan Pickup's posting :
Telstar 5 Proton r                               217 x 206 km
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
it is simply identified that Tristan saw the Proton third stage.

It will be visible later in the evening, but clouds are moving in slowly...


greetings,

Kurt J