OrbView-2 + Rk obs.

Bjoern Gimle (b_gimle@algonet.se)
Wed, 6 Aug 1997 07:16:41 +0200

Last night I was able to see OrbView-2 and its Pegasus rocket at about
30 degrees elevation in the W.
At 22:15:07.1 UTC Aug.05 , RA 16.931, dec.+13.70 the magnitude +7.5
object appeared, followed 52.8 seconds later, slightly higher, by a
brighter object, +5.0.

Time and position were according to predictions, with the leading, faint
object as #24884 97-37B, 53 seconds later #24883 97-37A.

At 05:00 UT, OIG elsets show no maneuvre yet.

I also saw Mir, brilliant before shadow entry, though it never goes
higher than 21 degrees at my latitude, and observed USA 86 and 116:

#22251 22:10:28.1 RA 16.528 Decl.+08.30 3 seconds behind molczan.tle
       22:10:53.8    15.86       +15.2  ref.star id. uncertain
#23728 22:53:45.7    20.870      +32.91 10 seconds behind molczan.tle

RA/Dec is (2000.0)

The latest elsets:
The latest set = 
1 24883U 97037A   97217.53996931  .00058105  39710-5  20031-3 0    86
2 24883  98.2755 311.7427 0012793 251.8315 108.1617 15.89643936   586
The latest set = 
1 24884U 97037B   97217.22475734  .00089348  56070-5  30273-3 0    42
2 24884  98.2792 311.3572 0011415 259.3784 100.6199 15.89914433   538
The latest set = 
1 24885U 97034H   97216.85309834  .00070290  00000-0  95222-2 0    19
2 24885  86.3787 173.7683 0020034 112.0040 248.3270 14.78441318  2706
The latest set = 
1 24886U 97038A   97217.70368593 -.00003788  11978-4  00000+0 0    12
2 24886  51.6176 197.7628 0033761  77.7063 282.7729 16.23600082    01
The latest set = 
1 24887U 97038B   97217.94987888  .01232426  12056-4  33565-3 0    10
2 24887  51.6208 196.4364 0024370  69.8797 293.0922 16.26413758    53

SL-6 rocket
1 24801U 97022B   97217.98620316  .02031145  86487-5  45905-3 0  1785
2 24801  62.7641 226.2217 0026461 119.2877 241.0865 16.28555243 13336

97034 is Iridium, 97038 Soyuz




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