sat debris observations

From: Kevin Fetter (kevin_fetter@hotmail.com)
Date: Tue May 15 2001 - 01:37:54 PDT

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    This morning I observed the following space debris. All were observed with a 
    pair of 10*50 binoculars.
    
    IntID/Name   CatNo Source period   Incl Apogee Perigee      RCS
    ------------ ----- ------ ------ ------ ------ ------- --------
    
    1961-015U    00134 US      103.2   66.9    975     847   2.5170
    THOR ABLESTAR DEB         Launched (1961/06/29)
    
    1969-082CF   04216 US      101.5   70.1    867     793   4.1308
    THORAD AGENA D DEB        Launched (1969/09/30)
    
    1975-004AN   08956 US       98.6   98.0    718     665   2.4600
    DELTA 1 DEB               Launched (1975/01/22)
    
    THOR ABLESTAR DEB
    1 00134U 61015U   01133.76849440 +.00000123 +00000-0 +14331-3 0 09958
    2 00134 066.8762 243.0436 0088173 310.8226 048.5234 13.95103486026471
    THORAD AGENA D DEB
    1 04216U 69082CF  01133.72130482  .00000540  00000-0  28330-3 0   565
    2 04216  70.1045 219.4519 0051058 161.3311 198.9694 14.18676331859220
    DELTA 1 DEB
    1 08956U 75004AN  01133.90296448 +.00002000 +00000-0 +41808-3 0 05659
    2 08956 097.9866 080.8723 0037448 171.4681 188.7162 14.60458263335257
    
    
    1969-082CF was the brightest, estimate in the range of mag 5 to 6.
    The other two appeared to be brighter then mag 8, maybe around 7th mag.
    
    Also saw 2 bright flashes from
    
    ASC 1  1985-076C    15994
    
    between 2:20-2:30 UTC May 16
    
    appeared to be brighter then superbird a flashes.
    
    Also observed flashes from good reliable Superbird A.
    
    
    What a good observing night.
    
    Kevin
    
    
    
    
    
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