Very fast satellite

From: Edward S Light (
Date: Sat Oct 11 2003 - 20:12:09 EDT

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    Despite essentially cloudy skies, I took advantage of a hole
    near eta Peg and saw the very rapidly moving 01-037F = 26897 =
    "Cosmos 2379 SL-12 debris F".  At 23:18.2 UTC (2003 Oct 11) it
    was seen (in 10x50 binoculars) varying irregularly with a maximum
    near magnitude 5.0 (corresponding to a quicksat intrinsic magnitude
    of +7.4 and a SkyMap standard magnitude of 8.6).
    This is in an eccentric 219.3 minute orbit (approx 141 x 11190 km)
    and its perigee is at N Latitude 46 deg, so those at mid-northern
    latitudes can have a look at this very rapid object (at perigee it
    is moving at about 5.87 miles/sec = 9.44 km/sec).
    Clear and dark skies!
       Ed Light
    N 40.1075, W 074.2312, +24 m
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