RE: Raduga 33 negative obs - new elset, decay estimate

From: Ted Molczan (molczan@hotmail.com)
Date: Thu May 06 2004 - 01:55:04 EDT

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    Latest from NASA/OIG:
    
    1 23794U 96010A   04127.18019385  .99999999  81114-5  30000-2 0  5230
    2 23794  47.7669 115.4263 0461590 102.8906 264.5126 15.53017070 72340
    
    Latest USSTRATCOM decay estimate: 2004 May 06 at 06:25:00 UTC, 32.0 N, 59.3 
    W.
    
    Of my negative obs, I wrote:
    
    >I observed on 2004 May 06, between 04:33 UTC and 04:49 UTC,
    >at azimuth 16 deg, elevation 9.6 deg. Limiting magnitude was about 6.
    
    The above elset reveals that the object passed my intercept point near 
    04:42:50 UTC, and about 1.4 deg higher. This was well within my field of 
    view.
    
    Clouds have been forming, but I hope to be able to observe my next pass, 
    about 8 min before the estimated time of decay.
    
    Ted Molczan
    
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