Titan 4 & Lacrosse 3

Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Sat, 25 Oct 1997 20:29:43 -0400

In spite of some thin, patchy cloudiness, using this elset from 
select.tle:

Titan 4 r?                                       673 x 424 km
1 25018U 97064B   97298.07910155  .00015773  00000-0  75488-3 0    39
2 25018  57.0064 152.3664 0179606 168.0546 192.4841 15.06069425   159

I saw the Titan 4 (97064B, 25018) and did see notice that it was 
varying slowly tonight from about +2 to invisible, although this was 
at one-power (and with the slight cloudiness).  For comparison here's 
an elset that I got from OIG Web page's "thirty.htm" file at about 
the same time as I downloaded select.tle: 

TITAN IV R/B
1 25018U 97064B   97297.61447556 -.00106174  00000-0 -50496-2 0    26
2 25018  57.0033 154.2587 0178551 167.9523 192.5873 15.05965702    81

Interesting that they're releasing elements on it....

Anyway, the Titan 4 went about 2 or 3 degrees west of Jupiter at just 
about 00:51:27 (26 Oct 97 UTC).  I looked back to the SW for an object 
following it and did see one following in a very similar track.  
Tonight the second object was brighter (between +1 and +2) and steady.  
It passed between Altair (alpha Aquila) and zeta Aquila at about 52:37 
and several degrees (5 to 10?) west of Jupiter at about 52:52 (approx. 
85 seconds after the Titan 4 passed that planet).  I was able to see 
it until about 00:53:45.

Before those two there was a pretty good (-1) Mir pass.

Ed Cannon
ecannon@mail.utexas.edu
Austin, Texas, USA -- 30.3086N, 97.7279W, 165m