Milstar 6 and Centaur rocket

From: Michael McCants (mmccants@jump.net)
Date: Sat May 17 2003 - 12:00:22 EDT

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    Milstar 6 was easily visible through my 8 inch telescope in spite
    of the full moon.  Estimated magnitude was 8.5 or 9.  It was found
    very near the position predicted by Kevin Fetter's elset.  It is
    now stationary at longitude 89.8 west, so I assume it's going to
    be there for the foreseeable future.
    
    Its Centaur rocket was found near its predicted position at altitude
    34, azimuth 127, not far from the full moon.  The tumble period has
    now stabilized at 1.31 seconds.  It is now at longitude 61 west.
    It will drift from west to east slowly and circle the Earth about
    once per year.
    
    Milstar 6     
    1 27711U 03012A   03136.39058335 0.00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0    06
    2 27711   4.4300 284.5959 0014000  90.7977 269.2023  1.00273800    02
    Milstar 6 Cr  
    1 27712U 03012B   03136.37314783 -.00000250  00000-0 -20593+5 0    09
    2 27712   3.6650 306.1879 0025000 247.9724 112.0276  1.00548984    05
    
    Mike McCants
    Austin, TX
    
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