Re: UNID sat

Ralph McConahy (Ralph.Mcconahy@jpl.nasa.gov)
13 May 1998 15:35:03 -0700

     
  What you saw was probably the Russian MIR-Complex.
  
  Using the following TLE (DOY 93 = 3 Apr) and your location, I get the 
  following for 30 Mar 98:
  
  86017  A
  1 16609U 86017  A 98093.52272823  .00026797  00000-0  29147-3 0  3850
  2 16609  51.6583  64.3286 0004575 186.1548 173.9452 15.63240850692377
  
  
  
  Satellite          UT          RA     Dec    El     Az
  
  86-017 A        19h44m38s     5h14    - 4    35    232
  Mir             19h45m02s     5h41    + 6    47    234
                  19h45m26s     6h25    +21    65    239
                  19h45m50s     7h40    +40    85    320
                  19h46m13s     9h41    +53    65     38
                  19h46m37s    11h48    +56    47     43
                  19h47m01s    13h12    +53    35     45
  
  
    Ralph McConahy
    117.0064W  34.8829N  670m
                

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Subject: Unidentified subject!
Author:  jarusso@gibnynex.gi at Internet
Date:    5/13/98 2:41 PM

Hello I'm Ana from Gibraltar,Europe keen amateur astronomer and new to See Sat.
don't know if I am in the right place. Please point me in the right direction if
not. Have a question if you don't mind.

Time of obsevation Mar 30 1998 19.45UT 
My location Gibraltar 36 09 N 005 21W
Very bright satellite.  Trajectory: passed close to Bellatrix then to my zenith 
and onto Ursa Major est. magn -1 and bigger in size than Capella.
Any idea of what it was ?
many Tks.

Ana Russo
Gibraltar
jarusso@gibnynex.gi