Milstar Centaur observed

Ed Cannon (edcannonutaustin@netscape.net)
24 May 99 05:35:20 CDT

The Milstar Centaur (98010) made a pass that I was able to see in spite
of some high, thin cloudiness.  At 9:53:34.4 UTC (plus or minus 0.2), 
it passed a small fraction of a degree north of the bright star lambda 
something (possibly Scutum? -- a sort of semi-circle of 5 stars open to 
the west, with the brightest of the 5, lambda, being the middle one).  That
star, lambda, is very near 19h 05m RA, -5 Dec. (1950 coordinates).

The Centaur was tumbling about once per second; I have .95, .95, .94, 
.94, .96, 1.10, .94, 1.09, 1.08, and .89 seconds.  Its magnitude was at 
least +2.5, possibly brighter on some of the maxima.

My location for this observation was 30.2392 north, 97.8959 west, about 
200 meters above sea level.

Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
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