Re: USA125r+Zenit obs

Bjoern Gimle (b_gimle@algonet.se)
Sat, 7 Sep 1996 11:48:19 +0200 (MET DST)

Trista Cools wrote:

>I have been trying to observe the objects from the latest Zenit launch.
>I saw one steady object, mag +2 at RA=3D0h17m and Dec=3D29=B037'.  Time of
>observation 20h58m03.96s UTC.
>I think this object should be the Zenit second stage because of its
>brightness but then it was some 4 minutes late.  It is difficult to accept
>that it could be its payload because previous observations of Zenit 2
>payloads show it to be less bright, mag +5 or +6.  I only saw one object.
>No sign of the other one.
>
>Maybe new elements from OIG can clarify things here.
>
>
>24297
>1 24297U 96051 A  96248.51198145 -.00000047  00000-0  00000+0 0    26
>2 24297  71.0070 165.3465 0002273  37.3905 322.7356 14.12571899    29
>24298
>1 24298U 96051 B  96248.58277041 -.00000047  00000-0  00000+0 0    16
>2 24298  71.0034 165.2062 0006611  81.8328 278.6564 14.13438842    37
>
They are not correct :
Cosmos 2333 Rk Zenith-2
1 24298U 96051B   96249.57425918  .00000000  00000-0  00000+0 0    76=20
2 24298  71.0385 163.1477 0012271   7.1716 353.0006 14.12411919   173=20
Cosmos 2333                                      8
1 24297U 96051A   96249.29093595 -.00000047  00000-0  00000+0 0    45=20
2 24297  71.0126 163.7173 0002350  38.3346 321.7824 14.12566145   134=20

They were very close to each other, and to predictions, on Sep.5


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