Re: Lunar transit

Robert G Fenske Jr (fenske@rgfpc.electro.swri.edu)
Mon, 30 Nov 1998 14:32:56 -0600 (CST)

On Sun, 29 Nov 1998, Ed Cannon wrote:

> Saturday evening (about 01:05-06 on 29 Nov UTC) from San 
> Antonio, Texas (29.40N, 98.66W, 180m) I picked up a pass 
> of Lacrosse 3 Rk (25018, 97-64B) at one power and then 
> switched to binoculars.  Soon I noticed that it was 
> heading for the beautiful Moon-Jupiter conjunction!  At 

	We have a knack for seeing the same things.  I was observing the
Moon-Jupiter pair with binoculars.  While doing that I started to spiral
out from the pair just to check out the stars around them when I spotted a
bright satellite.  I followed it in the binocs and guessed rather quickly
that it would pass over the Moon and sure enough it did!  It was nearly a
central transit for me.

> the Moon.  I lost it in the glare of the sunlit side and 
> didn't reacquire it until after it had already crossed 
> the unlit side.  "Missed it by that much!"  

	I too lost the satellite momentarily as it crossed the sunlit
half but I regained it before it exited the dark half.  I then followed it
for awhile with just my eyes, wondering which satellite it was.  I later
determined it to be Lacrosse 3 r/b.


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