RE: Milstar 3 Centaur

Philip Chien (
Sun, 23 May 1999 05:38:04 -0400

I believe I spotted the Centaur (1999-023B  25725) from the recent Milstar
launch from my driveway.  (roughly 28.5N, 80W).  It was headed from the
Soutwest to the East in fairly clear skies with light scattered clouds and
a typical suburban environment.  Limiting magnitude was about 3-4.  I
didn't see enough stars to get any position measurements.  Special thanks
to Tony for his excellent element sets which made my observation possible.

I also saw by chance Cosmos 1143 r before.  A quick glance showed me it was
travelling from South to North and couldn't be the Centaur in question.

No special appearance or flashing noted for either object, but I'm not a
very experienced night sky observer.

Philip Chien, KC4YER
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