Re: ABRIXAS and Apr. 23-24 obs

Kevin Fetter (kfetter@geocities.com)
Mon, 03 May 1999 13:29:55 -0400

At 10:44 AM 5/3/99 EDT, you wrote:
>>        The NOSS 2-2 trio was easily seen NAKED EYE despite a nearby
moon. It
>>  was first spotted by my girlfriend. I initially thought she was observing
>>  3 different sats at the same time but realized it was the trio I was 
>waiting
>>  for. They were at around mag 3.5. Amazing sight.
>
>Could someone explain what the NOSS 2-2 trio is?  Is it a satellite that 
>broke up into three pieces?
>
>Jonathan Wojack
>lwojack@aol.com
>
>

The noss 2-2 trio is a cluster of three satellite's which do to the orbit's
they have, allows them to stay close to each other. All three of them can
be seen in a pair of 10*50 binocular's. In the binocular's they appear as a
triangle.

NOSS 2-2 (C)
1 21799U 91 76C   99103.10593013  .00000050  00000-0  84423-4 0    08
2 21799  63.4280 172.0312 0163000   5.1512 354.8488 13.40310473    09
NOSS 2-2 (D)
1 21808U 91 76D   99103.10604878  .00000045  00000-0  75981-4 0    04
2 21808  63.4300 172.1234 0163001   5.0412 354.9588 13.40310180    03
NOSS 2-2 (E)
1 21809U 91 76E   99117.87865060  .00000040  00000-0  67601-4 0    01
2 21809  63.4280 134.0035 0162000 351.2272   8.7728 13.40312011    00

These are usa military satellite's used to spy on other countries, so there
is no elements available from the oig. These elements are supplied by
members of the seesat-L community.

Kevin