RE: Decaying Raduga 33

From: Ted Molczan (molczan@rogers.com)
Date: Tue May 04 2004 - 01:33:22 EDT

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    I attempted to observe Raduga 33 on 2004 May 04 from 04:19 UTC to 04:27 UTC,
    near Az 25.2 deg, El 9.3 deg, from Site 2701: 43.68764 N, 79.39243 W, 230 m. 
    
    I did not see it, so either it was not glowing, or it was fainter than my
    limiting magnitude using 11x80 binoculars, about 7.5. Its altitude was about 111
    km, and it had been subjected to heating for perhaps 30 s.
    
    On my next pass, the object will rise about 40 s after its passage through
    perigee. I will attempt to see it when it has risen to about 10 to 15 deg, by
    which time it will have experienced about 4 min of heating.
    
    Here is the latest elset via NASA/OIG:
    
    1 23794U 96010A   04125.16783656  .76201112  15818-4  28738-2 0  5011
    2 23794  47.7600 122.8511 2401513  95.4415 302.7435 11.03332241 72086
    
    Ted Molczan
    
    
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