Re: slowly moving satellite

From: Tom Wagner (
Date: Sun Oct 13 2002 - 15:18:44 EDT

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    Markus said,
    > also left out a timezone.
    An occasional humbling experience keeps me in line. At least that's what I
    say to my students when I run into another one of my typos!  :~)
    I think this is what I should have added to my post.
    Latitude: +42.473513
    Longitude -92.360413
    Meters above sea level: 274
    Date: October 12, 2002
    Time zone: USA Central Daylight Time, GMT -6
    Local Time: 20:58  +/-2 minutes
    Object altitude: 80 degrees  +/-10 degrees
    Direction of travel: almost directly south to north
    Angular velocity: about 1/3 to 1/4 that of the ISS when it passes that high
    Object magnitude: +3 to +4 (remarkably steady for the 15 seconds I watched)
    Temperature: cold enough that only one male cricket had enough gumption
    (or?) to be chirping at that time  :~)
    I assume, judging by its relatively slow angular velocity the object was
    quite distant. That being the case, would a flare tend to last longer for a
    more distant object, all other variables being equal?
    P.S. I would like to see a standard arrangement for the presentation of data
    in an instance like what my original post was about. A sort of "data
    template" that amateurs could use as a guide when posting information would
    be very helpful.
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Markus Mehring" <>
    To: "Tom Wagner" <>
    Sent: Sunday, October 13, 2002 4:20 AM
    Subject: Re: slowly moving satellite
    > On Sat, 12 Oct 2002 21:27:47 -0500, you ("Tom  Wagner"
    > <>) wrote:
    > >Dang! I knew I'd leave something out!
    > Yeah, you also left out a timezone. :) I presume by 20:58 you mean local
    > time, but what timezone is that? (Better yet, at what time UTC was your
    > obs?)
    > CU! Markus
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