Re: Decay Watch: Cosmos 2326, 6 Nov 97

Ed Cannon (
Thu, 06 Nov 1997 15:12:35 -0600

Thursday morning I also observed Cosmos 2326 using the same 
SatEvo elset that Ron Lee posted.  We have a predicted pass 
here for Friday morning that I plan to try to observe, weather 
permitting.  Thanks to Alan Pickup for those SatEvo elsets!

This morning there was a very nice, kind of close (10 deg.?)
crossing of the new Titan 4 (25018, 97-64B) with Cosmos 100 Rk 
(01844, 65-106B), both of approximately the same bright visual 
magnitude (approx. +2?).

After getting advice last night from Mike McCants, I created 
some attempted search elsets for Lacrosse 3 but did not 
observe anything that could have been a candidate.

It was a nice morning; I saw 15 objects using one-power only,
from the park very near my apartment.  The last one, Magion 5 
Rk (24294, 96-50D) was surprisingly bright (+1.5?) in the 
dawning light (solar elev. -8).  Its height above the surface 
was 290 km (181 miles) -- near perigee I guess.

Ed Cannon
Austin, Texas, USA -- 30.3086N, 97.7279W, 150m