Long period satellites

From: Michael Waterman (mike.waterman@web-hq.com)
Date: Wed Sep 04 2002 - 16:11:33 EDT

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    There was recent discussion on looking for XMM and other long
    period sayellites.
    The Ariane rocket that launched XMM has a similar large
    eccentric orbit to XMM (period 2603min), and is quite easy
    to see. But for each observer chances to see it occur about
     once every 9 days for a few months each year.
    Absolute mag is about 4 or 5: I saw it mag 6.5 last year, 
    and it is currently visible in the N hemisphere. 
    Mike Waterman      mike.waterman@marconi.com  or  mike.waterman@web-hq.com
    Site Yateley = COSPAR 2115 =  51.3286N  0.7950W  75m.
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