RE: Unknown Object

Jeff Hunt (jhunt@eagle1.eaglenet.com)
Sat, 26 Oct 96 22:08:22

--- On Sat, 26 Oct 1996 20:58:32 -0300  sbolton <sbolton@nbnet.nb.ca> wrote:

>An amateur astronomer in Hawaii posted a note on sci.astro.amateur about an
>object he saw. i could not match it to a satellite, and would like the
>groups help.
>
>Observers Location:    21 N
>                       158 W
>                       sea level
>Time:  22:13  Hawaii Standard
>Date:  October 22, 1996.
>
>Report:   Observing Saturn with 12.5 " dobsonian telescope 17 mm eyepiece.
>Object entered field moving west to east. tracked for 15 minutes with
>magnitude varying from as bright as 5. Object moved approx 10 degrees in
>that time. Faded as if going into shadow.

>PS- I would estimate this object must have passed within 1 degree of 
Saturn.

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I came up with two possibilities from Allen Thomson's file.  85015C passed 
through or next to Saturn.

Ariane 3 r/b
1 15562U 85015C   96298.97961046  .00001038  00000-0  56778-3 0  9105
2 15562   6.6812 233.4283 7039855 258.0835  21.7539  2.55234497 56073

ISO
1 23715U 95062A   96285.50000000 +.00000098 +00000-0 +00000-0 0 00892
2 23715 002.2214 302.6893 8230339 163.9352 036.3952 01.00191550003305

Jeff Hunt <jhunt@eagle1.eaglenet.com>