A couple of nice passes

Walter Nissen (dk058@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Wed, 22 Sep 1999 21:02:11 -0400 (EDT)

I just caught 2 interesting, nice passes.  First, Lacrosse 2 looking for
all the world far bigger, i.e., much more extended, than Altair.  Then a
fairly low and fast object as it nears decay.  It reached about magnitude
2 while culminating halfway up in the East.

Here is the QuickSat output:
 H  M  S  Tim Al Azi C Dir  Mag Dys F  Hgt Shd  Rng  EW Phs  R A   Dec
21147 Lacrosse 2    18.0 4.5         1.7 c 2.0
 0  7 43   .1 86 241 C 267  1.8   9 2  670 600  671 2.0  84 1825  38.9
24972 PSLV 1C R/B                 11
 0 26 47   .7 47  99 C  88 18.3   6 2  311  94  414 2.4  35 2210  23.5

You'll need to have a current elset for this latter one as it penetrates
the atmosphere further and further, becoming harder and harder to predict
accurately.  Check out, e.g., select.tle at Alan Pickup's site:
http://www.wingar.demon.co.uk/satevo/.

Cheers.

Walter Nissen                   dk058@cleveland.freenet.edu
-81.8637, 41.3735, 256 m elevation

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IRS-1D r         3.0  1.0  0.0  7.4 d 10.8       409 x 255 km
1 24972U 97057B   99265.55120368  .00216973  17921-4  75014-3 0  5766
2 24972  98.6400 101.2944 0114654  70.4557 290.9052 15.79567731110317
Lacrosse 2      18.0  4.5  0.0  3.6 v   20
1 21147U 91017  A 99256.92765860  .00000490  00000-0  82323-4 0  7349
2 21147  68.0025 145.4918 0004399  85.4041 274.6462 14.69545220    06

P.S.  Oh, yeah, 24972 seems to have a variety of names.  Check out the
catalog # or COSPAR ID.