99-025 Objects seen

Edward S Light (light@argoscomp.com)
Tue, 11 May 1999 08:03:18 -0400 (EDT)

Last evening (EDT, early 1999 May 11 UTC) we observed 4 of the 5 99-025
objects.

99-025C / 25732 ("CSL-04 R/B)
   00:55.5 UTC: Apparent V= +3 between Phecda and Megrez (gamma,delta UMa)
                              in position and brightness) seemed steady
   00:57.3 UTC: V= 5 near Polaris, flashing rapidly, period < 1 second

99-025E / 25734 ("CSL-04 debris")
   00:59.5 UTC: V= 6 1/2 or 7 near Denebola (beta Leo)

99-025B / 25731 ("SHIJIAN 5")
   00:59.6 UTC: V= 5 1/2 near 95 Leo (near Denebola)

99-025D / 25733 ("CSL-04 debris")
   00:59.8 UTC: V= 5 also near 95 Leo and Denebola

I am not sure of the ID of the last object; a fifth object was not seen.
(The times are approximate, to a few seconds, and are based on the
predicted paths more than anything else.) We'll try to straighten this
out in the next days, twilight permitting.

Except for the first, which was an easy naked eye object near the Big
Dipper, we used 7x50 and 10x50 binoculars.


Clear and dark skies!
   Ed Light

Lakewood, NJ, USA
N 40.1072, W 074.2317, Hgt +21 m (69 ft)