Integral Proton debris

Date: Sun Oct 27 2002 - 16:31:20 EST

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     Hi all -
     Three days ago I observed, quite by accident, a pass of the soon-to-decay
    Integral Proton debris object for which Alan just posted a Satevo decay notice.
     I was outside measuring an overnight snowfall (3 inches) before leaving for
    work, and the rapidly moving object caught my attention.  It was quite bright,
    magnitude zero and steady, but faded slowly as it moved east and took on less
    favorable phase angles.  It seemed rather bright for a debris object, but
    Jonathan cleared that up - it's 4 meters in diameter!
     Here's the quicksat output for the object, using the elements in Mike McCant's
    cs021024 file (obviously, I need to use a brighter standard magnitude than the
    6.0 included with the elements; something like 2.0 would be closer to the
     39.877 105.391 8950Coal Creek Canyon, CO2000 15.0 15 F F T T
     Object: #27543 = 02- 48 D = Integral Proton debris
     2002 Oct 24  Thu UT   1 0 1231
      H  M  S Tim Al AziC Dir  Mag Dys F  Hgt Shd  Rng  R A  Dec Name
     12 32 51  .0 40 328C  92  4.4   0 9  156  73  238  222 65.6 Intgrl Prot db
     Cheers, Rich Keen, Coal Creek Canyon, Colorado, USA (39.877N, 105.391W, elevation 2728m)
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