USA 144 Titan rocket observed

Alexander Seidel (ase@privat.isp-net.de)
Fri, 28 May 1999 00:25:13 +0200

Using this elset...

USA 144 Titan r
1 25745U 99028  B 99147.16107100  .01096472  00000-0  63770-3 0    05
2 25745  63.3642  84.7284 0052677 167.4918 192.4329 16.14895721    09

...I just observed the rocket body low in the West (22 deg above local
horizon, height 215 km, range 530 km, passing about halfway across a
thought line in between the bright stars Algieba and Regulus in Leo).
The satellite was 14.5 sec early relative to the elset above. I saw a
short (duration apx. 2 sec) brightness max. of mag +2.7 lower in the
WNW, when it was less than 20 deg above horizon, then it continuously
faded down to mag +4 until it finally entered shadow at UTC 22:10:44.

Alex 
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