Re: titan 4 launched

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Tue Sep 09 2003 - 04:38:48 EDT

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    Kevin wrote:
    
    > At 4:29 UT, a titan 4 rocket was launched....
    
    The Spaceflightnow.com mission timeline says interesting 
    events will occur shortly after T+5:49 (10:18 UTC):
    
    http://www.spaceflightnow.com/titan/b36/030818ascent.html
    
    If the weather is okay and I last that long, I'll try to 
    see if a +3 magnitude artificial nebula appears high in 
    the SSE (roughly longitude 95 west).
    
    Last night I confirmed Cosmos 1341 (82-016A, 13080) as
    the slow-moving one I saw the other night.  This time I
    watched it off and on for about 26 minutes.  Its flash 
    period of 12.9 seemed to have a longish brighter-fainter 
    supercycle unrelated to its decreasing range.  I finally
    couldn't find it again while it was still near Polaris.
    Its brightest maxima seemed to be at least +4.5.  Its
    height and range decrease as it nears Polaris, so it 
    might be quite good from northern USA and Canada.  Its 
    mean motion is about 2.006, so its passes are just a 
    little earlier each night.
    
    The partly cloudy conditions earlier in the evening 
    didn't allow me to watch Raduga 33 with binoculars, but 
    it did one -2 flash at about 1:35:16.2 September 9 UTC.
    
    Grace 1 and 2 (02-012A & B, 27391, 27392) flared brightly 
    in the NW at roughly 2:34, separated by about 30 seconds.
    The leader was brighter.
    
    NOSS 2-1 (90-050C, D, & E) were quite bright in the NW on
    their way south into eclipse.
    
    Observing site was Ney Museum: 30.307N, 97.727W, 150m.
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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