October PPAS reports

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Mon Nov 01 2004 - 05:01:36 EST

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    First, two corrections to my September PPAS reports, thanks to 
    Bram Dorreman for spotting them:
    
    15054, Cosmos 1554 Rk2 (84-47H, not 87-47H)
    84- 47 H 04-09-20 01:40:00   EC   21.9 0.3   7  3.13
    
    25725, Milstar 3 Rk (Centaur) -- (not 25724, 99-23A!!)
    99- 23 B 04-09-08 01:48:00   EC   54.8 0.3  24  2.28
    
    All of the following October PPAS reports were from locations
    around Austin, BCRC or Ney Museum.  See the PPAS report format: 
    
    http://www.satobs.org/tumble/flashpm.html#PPASformat
    
    I'm a little puzzled by a 0.13 second change in Iridium 914 in 
    only three days.  Both of these were spectacular displays low 
    in the west, satellite southbound.
    
    24836, Iridium 914
    97- 30 A 04-10-09 02:29:15   EC   92.9 0.3   8 11.61  
    10.32, 1.28
    10.27, 1.27
    10.38, 1.31
    10.27, 1.27
    10.42, 1.23
    10.38, 1.24
    10.46, 1.14
    10.55, 1.12
    
    97- 30 A 04-10-12 02:20:14   EC   82.2 0.3   7 11.74  
           1.23
    10.43, 1.23
    10.45, 1.27
    10.52, 1.22
    10.51, 1.22
    10.46, 1.26
    10.51, 1.27
           11.81
    
    22788, UFO 2 Rk
    93- 56 B 04-10-10 03:38:33   EC  104.5 0.3  12  8.71  
    
    24842, Iridium 911 (can be tricky to time)
    97- 30 G 04-10-15 01:18:28   EC  109.9 0.4  20  5.50  
    55.79, 15.17, 5.83, 5.50, 5.29, 5.88, 5.61, 5.22, 5.62
    
    28243, MDS 1 Fairing 2
    02-  3 E 04-10-15 01:41:44   EC  153.5 0.3  20  7.68  
    
    28415, Shi Jian 6 Rk
    04- 35 C 04-10-16 00:59:15   EC  177.5 0.4  10 17.75  
    
    94-056A, 23230, ETS 6 (spotted by Fred, visible with 8x42 for at 
    least 26 minutes)
    94- 56 A 04-10-16 01:30:31   EC  985.6 0.2 104  9.477 +5.0->i
    
    80-004A, Fleetsatcom 3
    80-  4 A 04-10-16 02:46:13   EC  738.2 0.2  11 67.11  +4.5->i 55.85, 11.25
    55.83, 11.26
    55.87, 11.27
    122.96, 11.31 (For this 122.9 and below, I wasn't looking.)
    55.76, 11.27
    55.82, 11.29
    122.95, 11.19
    55.91, 11.27
    55.87, 11.17
    55.88, 11.31
    
    28237, MDS 1 Fairing 1
    02-  3 D 04-10-16 02:21:31   EC  130.0 0.3  16  8.13  
    
    10779, Intelsat 4A6 Rk
    78- 35 B 04-10-31 01:19:01   EC   70.9 0.4  15  4.73  +5.0->i
    
    25621, Globalstar 23
    99-  4 A 04-10-31 01:55:43   EC  165.4 0.3  68  2.432 +5.5->i
    
    At one point on Oct. 31, about 1:20-21, I had four objects, 
    two of them flashing Centaurs, at once (or very nearly so by a 
    little sweeping) in the field of view of my 8x42 binocular:
    
    25078, 97-077B, Iridium 44 (southbound)
    17589, 87-027A, Cosmos 1833 (southbound)
    22788, 93-056B, UFO 2 Rk (eastbound)
    10779, 78-035B, Intelsat 4A-F6 Rk (eastbound)
    
    The latter two, the two Centaurs, passed very close to each 
    other at about 1:20:50.
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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