Re: Bright flasher/tumbler

From: Mir16609@aol.com
Date: Fri Oct 13 2000 - 21:31:40 PDT

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    In a message dated 10/13/00 9:42:23 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
    DeHBeaver0@aol.com writes:
    
    
    > While setting up the telescope for ISS/92, I saw a bright, fast moving and 
    > tumbling flasher: SW--> NE; when I saw it, was already heading towards the 
    > NE, precisely 7:00pm EDT. Tumbled rapidly. At brigtest, was -1.5, at 
    > dimest, 
    > was about .5. Fast moving, so my guess is that its near reentry. Any 
    > guesses? 
    > 
    
    I honestly can't believe that we saw the same UNID.  I noted an UNID this 
    evening passing SW->NE at 7:00pm EDT (23:00UTC).  It was about a 0 mag 
    object.  The closest object I could find is Cosmos 1181 Rk (11804, 80039B).  
    I'm not entirely happy with the match.  [04976, 70-025GW] is a possibility 
    too.  That appears to be a fragment from the Nimbus 4 launch.
    
    1970-025-GW - EM
    1 04976U 70025GW  00282.99887906  .00022444  00000-0  51732-2 0  8173
    2 04976  99.6514 295.0635 0045991 298.2428  61.3678 14.54660140559545
    
    I had a good obs and did not see any flashing.   I remember not hearing any 
    jet engine sounds either. 
    
    Cheers
    Don Gardner  39.1799 N, 76.8406 W, 100m ASL
    http://hometown.aol.com/mir16609/
    
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