Some 99-058X objects seen

Edward S Light (edlight@juno.com)
Mon, 18 Oct 1999 20:36:35 EDT

We just looked for the newly-launched 99-058 objects (NORAD 25943-25948)
and spotted three of them (with 7x50 and 10x50 binoculars) below Polaris
(altitude 33, azimuteh 358) at approximately 1999 Oct 18 23:49.3 UTC. 
The first 2 objects were very close (1/4 degree?) and the third followed
by perhaps 1 degree, all objects being approximately 6 - 6-1/2 magnitude.
Using the OIG elements below ...

UNK
1 25943U 99058A   99291.76152677 -.00000148  00000-0  00000-0 0    13
2 25943  51.9678 240.1749 0038734 196.2380 162.2773 13.91694141    09
Globalstar B
1 25944U 99058B   99291.76152677 -.00000148  00000-0  00000-0 0    14
2 25944  51.9607 240.1629 0035629 196.5323 162.0287 13.91052039    01
Globalstar C
1 25945U 99058C   99291.76152677 -.00000148  00000-0  00000-0 0    15
2 25945  51.9633 240.1643 0037125 196.2602 162.3547 13.91729973    07
Globalstar D
1 25946U 99058D   99291.76152677 -.00000148  00000-0  00000-0 0    16
2 25946  51.9668 240.1843 0038680 198.9293 159.6935 13.91931563    00
Soyuz R/B (1)
1 25947U 99058E   99291.75533631 -.00002952  93319-5  00000-0 0    14
2 25947  51.9663 240.1837 0474694  79.1489 282.8019 15.00592929    31
Soyuz R/B (2)
1 25948U 99058F   99291.76152677 -.00000148  00000-0  00000-0 0    18
2 25948  51.9679 240.1801 0038209 197.4287 161.1587 13.91801327    18

our best guess is that we saw 25948 (99-058F), 25945 (99-058C) and
25943 (99-058A), in that order, a few seconds early, but since we saw
only about half of the expected number of objects, we're not really sure.
Maybe later elements (or other people's better observations) will clarify
the situation.


Clear and dark skies!

Ed and Darlene Light

Lakewood, NJ, USA
40.1072N, 074.2317W, +21m

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