Re: Decaying Raduga 33

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Sun May 02 2004 - 06:01:50 EDT

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    Probable observation of Raduga 33 -- rough positions, 2004-05-02 UTC:
    
    HH:MM:SS RA (2000) Dec
    09:11:26 22:29:06 +9.1
    09:11:56 22:27:53 +4.7
    09:12:26 22:28:28 +0.6
    09:12:39 22:29:26 -0.4
    
    Based on when the observed object crossed declination +9.1 (2000), it 
    seemed to be running late on both of the following elsets, about 78 
    seconds on the first and about 30 seconds on the int3 set (not sure 
    about cross-track):
    
    Raduga 33
    1 23794U 96010A   04122.90435389  .46856627  10716-4  44697-2 0  4812
    2 23794  47.7409 127.7901 3577107  90.5091 315.7923  8.55374432 71873
    Raduga 33 (int3)
    1 23794U 96010A   04123.13300244  .48880275  00000-0  43801-2 0    01
    2 23794  47.7557 127.3671 3494867  91.1367 308.2948  8.71976339    04
    
    Its flash behavior was very interesting, magnitude maybe +3 (or 
    brighter?), going flash-flash-flash-miss with these timings:
    
    1.16, 1.20, 2.37
    1.16, 1.17, 2.33
    1.09, 1.18, 2.45
    
    My location was a maybe 100-150 meters SE of my apartment, which is
    30.309N, 97.728W, 150m.
    
    Now to go try to see a comet or two, maybe.
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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