RE: Decaying Raduga 33

From: Ted Molczan (molczan@rogers.com)
Date: Mon May 03 2004 - 00:41:47 EDT

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    Daniel Deak wrote:
    
    > > Anyone lucky enough to see it pass directly overhead while 
    > at perigee 
    > > will see it move at a breathtaking 4.74 deg/s.
    > 
    > 
    > Hi all,
    > 
    > That was almost the case for me (80 deg. elevation) at 02:51 
    > UTC Sunday night. 
    > My girlfriend and I watched at 1x and with binoculars but saw nothing.
    > 
    > Elset used :
    > RADUGA 33
    > 1 23794U 96010A   04124.00336174  .66706691  12752-4  32489-2 0  4913
    > 2 23794  47.7885 125.6950 3049989  92.7592 305.0873  9.65178836 71962
    
    You should have seen nothing on that pass, because the object was well above the
    dense atmosphere. Your prospects should be much better on the next pass, about
    05:22 UTC.
    
    The latest NASA/OIG elsets:
    
    RADUGA 33
    1 23794U 96010A   04124.10522317  .61607668  13092-4  30925-2 0  4932
    2 23794  47.7872 125.4769 2990066  92.9261 301.2402  9.77387842 71978
    RADUGA 33
    1 23794U 96010A   04124.10510958  .58966363  13123-4  32489-2 0  4927
    2 23794  47.7608 125.4677 2988831  92.8651 300.8781  9.77137635 71970
    
    My sky has cleared significantly, so I am making final preparations. Still rate
    my chances at seeing my reference stars as 50/50.
    
    Ted Molczan
    
    
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