A flaring (mag -1.5) retrograde satellite to identify

From: alain.figer@club-internet.fr
Date: Thu Oct 23 2008 - 07:28:48 UTC

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     Hi all,
    

     

    Yesterday evening my attention was attracted at 18h 40.8 mn UT by a bright satellite near Polaris, challenging its brightness, and descending due North - slightly western to the north, the signature of a retrograde satellite. Its crossing in the sky was about the same as that of Cosmos 405 rocket I just observed a few minutes before (near 18h34 UT).

    However the sense of the pass (SN) was just reversed, as Cosmos 405 rocket (passing NS) is a 81.2 inclined satellite.

    Hence the estimated inclination of the retro satellite is to be roughly i 97-98.

    And it might have culminated  not far from ENE at altitude 72-80.

     

    Its brightness was increasing and it flared briefly at about mag -1.5 at 18h 41m 02s.

     

    Thanks for identifying this satellite, not listed in the H-A predictions for my site (listing for mag better than 5.0), since its magnitude must have been indicated as a mere  "?" by Chris Peat...

     

    Sincerely

     

    Alain Figer 

    southwestern Paris, France 

    48.667 N

    2.117 E

    170 meters above sea level

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