XSS-11 or its rocket?

From: Edward S Light (edlight@juno.com)
Date: Sat Nov 12 2005 - 05:33:04 EST

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    I just saw EITHER 28636/05-011A/XSS-11 OR 28637/05-011B/Minotaur R/B
    pass through Leo but cannot determine which of these objects it was
    (the latest TLEs, some 3 days old, are extremely close to each other).
    I used 10x50 binoculars and at [Nov 12th] 10:11:16 +/- 2 seconds UTC
    the object passed near HD087776 and at its brightest equalled its 7.1
    magnitude; it seemed to be varying with a period of a couple of seconds.
    At least in my binoculars, no second object was apparent.
    I recall that both objects were recently seen a fraction of a degree
    apart, but I don't know how to tell which one I saw.
    In IOD format, my observation is, depending on the object's ID:
    28636 05 011A   8840 G 20051112101116000 28                      M+071 03
    ... or ...
    28637 05 011B   8840 G 20051112101116000 28                      M+071 03
    Clear and dark skies!
       Ed Light
    Lakewood, NJ, USA
    Site 8840, N 40.1075, W 074.2312, +24 m (80 ft)
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