Fooled by NOAA 17 and Envisat

From: Björn Gimle (b_gimle@algonet.se)
Date: Sun Sep 01 2002 - 17:40:47 EDT

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    Tonight, 02-09-01, I observed from 5918 USA 129 apparantly on time on a star
    appulse at 19:12:27.0, but I couldn't recognize the narrow star split I timed
    54.1 seconds earlier (8-(>)
    
    So, I tried 20:47 and found not one, but two, Sun-synchronous objects less than
    4 degrees apart, the upper one very slowly catching up on the first.
    I got one split on the lower, which later turned out to be Envisat. And the
    upper left one was NOAA 17. At 20:28:54 they were intercepted by Cosmos 1703 r
    #16263 85108B
    
    USA 129 would have followed a minute later.
    
    
    -- bjorn.gimle@tietotech.se (office)                         --
    -- b_gimle@algonet.se (home)  http://www.algonet.se/~b_gimle --
    -- COSPAR 5919, MALMA,    59.2576 N, 18.6172 E, 23 m         --
    -- COSPAR 5918, HAMMARBY, 59.2985 N, 18.1045 E, 44 m         --
    
    
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