From: Gerhard HOLTKAMP (grd.holtkamp@t-online.de)
Date: Sun Oct 18 2009 - 20:39:55 UTC

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    To briefly sum it up:
    The first thing I saw was a bright cone shaped cloud rising in the South-West 
    at about 19:13 UTC, 18-OCT-09. I thought that this was the Centaur but then a 
    bright new cloud appeared some 25 degrees further to the upper right in the 
    West. In binoculars there was a red central light from where the cloud 
    expanded. The other cloud was closer to where the DMSP F18 satellite would 
    have been expected and must have been from an initial firing of the Centaur. 
    The actual Centaur passed 2 degrees below Vega at 19:14:16 (close to Ted's 
    prediction) still *puffing*. It then seemed to stop venting after about half 
    a minute but then about two minutes later *giving off steam* again.
    Both clouds followed distinctly different trajectories. They remained bright 
    enough to be seen even quite close to the (city-) horizon.
    It shows up nicely on the photographs I took.
    Gerhard HOLTKAMP
    Darmstadt, Germany
    49.8822N, 8.6558E
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