Observation Report (May 8, Local)

LWojack@aol.com
Sun, 9 May 1999 17:06:41 EDT

Hi,

Last night I tried to see 6 satellites.  Saw 3 of them, including ABRIXAS.  
Details, times in UT:

0050-0057: Couldn't see Ariane Rocket (23561) .  Sun hadn't set sufficiently 
enough.

0115-0122:  Couldn't see Resurs 01 Rocket (23343) .  Looked in the wrong 
places at the wrong times.

0133-0138:  Saw Atlas Centaur Rocket (6155) .  No tumbling.  Sighted at 
0135:10, lost visual contact as it faded on schedule at 0138:40.

0148-0201:  I think I saw ABRIXAS (25721) .  If so, it was 5 to 6 minutes 
late.  It had the exact same predicted flight plan as ABRIXAS, but it was a 
little over 300 seconds late.  No tumbling.  Sighted at about 0200:00; visual 
contact maintained only 10 or 15 seconds.  About magnitude +6.5.

0154-0200:  Couldn't see Cosmos 1862 Rocket (18153) .  Too high altitude.  My 
searching for it lead to my discovering the lateness of the ABRIXAS satellite.

0207-0214:  Saw Cosmos 2151 (21422) .  No tumbling; everything right on 
schedule.
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So, I went 3-6, 50.0%.
So, this year I have gone 5-24, 20.8%.
And in 1998 (my first year of satellite observing), I went 41-128, 32.0%.
And overall, I have gone 46-152, 30.3%.

Jonathan Wojack
lwojack@aol.com