Comets and Globalstar objects

Tristan Cools (
Sun, 26 Sep 1999 23:48:16 +0200 (CEST)


This evening(26th) I tried to observe the Japanese Comets
satellite(98011A/25175) at my observing place Ryckevelde and at a distance
of almost 5000km and close to 13 Del.  I was surprised to see it that easy
at 19h08mUTC.  It was reddish and approximately mag 5.  What I was seeing
was probably the maximum of some kind of flare because it slowly became
fainter untill it disappeared.  I kept on looking but didn't find it again.

Another observation was that of the recently launched Globalstar
satellites.(99-49 cluster).  I saw three objects close to each other in the
region of omicron 1 and 2 Cyg.  I still have to identify which ones I observed.


Tristan Cools
BWGS Member - Belgian Working Group Satellites

Observing at:

Damse Vaart: 3.2486E/51.2279N
Ryckevelde: 3.2867E/51.2054N
Brugge: 3.1611E/51.2108N