Progress M-36 Rocket

Edward S Light (light@argos.argoscomp.com)
Tue, 7 Oct 1997 09:09:04 -0400 (EDT)

Progress M-36 Rocket (97-058B=25003) was again visible low in the NW 1997
Oct 06 23:35 UTC (19:35 EDT), passing through the bowl of the Big Dipper.
At maximum, it was comparable to Megrez or Phecda (delta and gamma UMa)
and was obviously varying erratically (tumbling, I presume).

Timings were not practical as a hazy sky, neighboring trees, and houses
conspired to hamper my view, but the pass seemed to agree well with
Alan Pickup's TLE set of 97280.0335 ...

Prog M-36 Soyuz r                                188 x 169 km
1 25003U 97058B   97280.03352202  .05459847  20413-1  64178-3 0 90073
2 25003  51.6483 243.7656 0014476  71.4007 288.7564 16.35409225   224

And yes, it was a naked-eye object.

Clear and dark skies!
   Ed Light

Lakewood, NJ, USA
N 40.107, W 074.232, Hgt +21m