May 1 Obs

From: Paul Henney (
Date: Tue May 02 2000 - 13:11:19 PDT

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    Last night (1-5-00) I observed passes of:-
    OCS. Fast.  Low orbit?
    USA 129..dimmer to my eye than predicted?
    Terra..distinct orange colour
    Mao 1 (Long March Rocket 1) The solid fuel upper stage from PRC's ?1st
    satellite launch..bright
    TOPEX....Oceanographic satellite. Faint.
    Iridium 27 . Tumbling, some very bright glints.
    SL-16 (99-39B) Tumbling.  Longer period than observed a few months ago.
    53.38N 1.466 W +220m
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