Re: Obs Sept 16 and UnId

nixj@bellsouth.net
Mon, 20 Sep 1999 14:57:22 -0500

Hi David,

	Thanks for your comment on TiPs.  I've observed it by scope
three times now.  Once it was vertical or near vertical, the second
time it appeared as a point, and the last obs it was oriented along its flight path, I
believe I reported it as looking like a snake moving across the sky.

Jim

Brierley David wrote:
> 
> Jim
> 
> > 23937 96 029F   8935 E 19990916025838760 27 25 1523509+715171 28 S+075
> > 10
> >
> > note: TiPs appeared as a point, not the usual line, was the tether
> > extended
> > away from the planet?  Am I correct in assuming that the axis of
> > rotation
> > is perpendicular to its flight path?
> >
> After launch TiPS took a little while to settle down, but every time I
> see it now the tether is vertical in the sky.  This is because the
> stable configuration is for the two weights that it connects to always
> lie in the local vertical.
> 
> I don't know what other observers think, but I believe that the tether
> is much less bright than when it was first launched, and I only see it
> in 20x80 binoculars on a favourable transit and really dark sky.  The
> weights are visible on and off even when the tether isn't.
> 
> David.
> 
> David M Brierley
> Malvern, Worcestershire, UK
> 
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