Re: Sputnik 40 Observed

Bill Bard (
5 Nov 1997 10:07:25 -0500

FYI. This appeared on another list.

Date: 11/5/97 9:58 AM
From: James Byrd


On Wednesday morning November 5 at 05:37 EST (10:37 UTC) Mir was observed
during a visual pass here in southeast Virginia. I was looking for the
Sputnik 40 satellite in particular with 10x50 binoculars.

I am happy to report that I believe Sputnik 40 is visible slightly ahead
of the Mir complex and slightly to the east, perhaps less than 1000 =
away from Mir at this time. If anyone chats with David Wolf, could you =
him to confirm this observation? I would be much appreciated. 
This movement is consistent with previous observations of small objects
released from Mir. I observed the deployment of a similar student
satellite from Mir in 1995. After about 6 weeks it had drifted eastward
from Mir about a "fist width" at arms length and about the same in the
forward direction ahead of Mir.

I also want to mention that the brilliance of Sputnik 40 during this
morning's pass was very near my visual limit (approx. magnitude 10) with
my binoculars. 

On Friday November 7 we will get a Mir pass with a more favorable sun
reflection angle here, perhaps I will make another report again if the
weather is permitting. 

OIG should be in a position to catalogue Sputnik 40 soon, if not already
by this time.

Good day to all,

James E. Byrd WB5POJ
44 Sandra Drive
Newport News, VA 23608
757.864.5961 (ofc)

You may have an interest in looking at:

The Amateur Satellite Observers of Southeast Virginia (ASOSV)

The Amateur Radio Group, Inc. at the Virginia Air and Space Center