Leonids + Cosmos 1340 rocket

From: Robert G Fenske Jr (fenske@rgfpc.electro.swri.edu)
Date: Tue Nov 19 2002 - 10:16:17 EST

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    	Starting about 3:50am local time I was laying down in my sleeping bag
    next to a gravel road about 30 miles west of San Antonio ot observe the
    Leonids.  Only sounds were the occasional distant mooing cows, some yelping
    dogs, and some strange bird call.  Weather actually cooperated as it became
    clearer as the night wore on.  Not quite an hour after the peak of the shower
    (I noted 92 meteors in a 10 minute period) I saw a mag 3 satellite passing
    essentially overhead.  A Leonid very nearly "hit" it as the sat moved toward
    the north.  I noted the time for later identification.  After returning home,
    I easily found that the sat was Cosmos 1340 rocket (#13068).  Checking my
    notes I discovered that I saw this sat once before: on the morning of 17 Nov
    1998 when I was in my backyard watching that year's Leonids.  That was a fun
    coincidence.
    
    Robert Fenske, Jr.   rfenske@swri.edu    Sw     |The Taming the C*sm*s series:
    Southwest Research Institute            /R---\  |
    Signal Exploitation & Geolocation Div  | I    | |"The Martian canals were the
    San Antonio,Texas USA  ph:210-522-3931  \----/  | Martians' last ditch effort."
    
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