DSP launch "comet" imaged

From: Ed Cannon (edcannonsat@yahoo.com)
Date: Sun Nov 11 2007 - 22:39:46 UTC

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    There are some images on the spaceweather.com website,
    one by Pierre Martin, who I believe has been known to
    post to SeeSat from time to time.  Pierre's image looks
    very much like our one-power view between clouds this
    morning from a spot beside US Highway 281 north of 
    Lampasas, Texas.  Mike drove and I rode "shotgun" as we
    tried to get to somewhere that would not be overcast at
    the appropriate time.  At 8:01 UTC we could see nothing
    but occasional glimpses of Mars and Sirius.  Very 
    frustrating!  Finally as we were on the road home I 
    noticed quite a few stars out the window, so we stopped 
    there.  Mike saw it first at about 8:32 UTC.  It was 
    easy to see without any magnification and was brighter 
    (for at least a brief time) than Comet 17P/Holmes.  Mike 
    found the Centaur in front of the nebula or "comet" -- 
    always just for brief moments between clouds.  On the 
    image by Jay Ballauer and Vance Bagwell of Crowell, 
    Texas (linked to from the spaceweather.com website) 
    there is a short trail in front of the narrow point of 
    the "comet", and I take that trail to be the Centaur.
    I'm glad to see various reports of people having seen
    at least the fuel dump, but I have not yet seen a 
    report regarding the orbital adjustment burn that was
    supposed to have occurred 20 to 30 minutes earlier.  
    I'm very glad that Mike and I got at least some 
    favorable luck, especially given that he drove a long 
    way around a pretty good portion of central Texas!
    Ed Cannon - Austin, Texas, USA
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