25935 fast passes

From: Edward S Light (light@argoscomp.com)
Date: Fri Aug 27 2004 - 07:55:45 EDT

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    For those who like watching really fast satellite passes, 25935 = 99-055C
    ("GPS 2R-3 Delta2 r2") is making evening near-perigee passes in the area
    of 35 - 40 degrees North latitude.  This object has a 3 hour 10 minute
    (anomalistic) period and its perigee of approximately 208 km, is currently
    at 37.0 degrees North and slowly increasing towards its maximum of 38.7
    degrees.  Current TLE:
    NAVSTAR 46 R/B(PAM-D)
    1 25935U 99055C   04240.01235107  .00092911  00000-0  10914-2 0   238
    2 25935  38.7104 181.5468 3988815  74.2668 325.4395  7.58283947102116
    
    Despite hazy moonlit skies, I had no problem watching it zip from near
    alpha HER to beta AQL in just 24 seconds! It seemed to be varying irregularly
    and resembled in brightness the previously-mentioned stars as it passed
    them.   The corresponding quicksat intrinsic magnitudes were +4.6 to 5.7
    and the [Rob Matson's] SkyMap standard magnitudes were +5.6 and +7.0.
    
    In IOD format:
    25935 99 055C   0000 P 20040827003907000 28                       +028 03       
    25935 99 055C   0000 P 20040827003931000 28                       +037 03       
    
    Clear and dark skies!
       Ed Light
    
    Lakewood, NJ, USA
    N 40.1075, W 074.2312, +24 m (80 ft)
    
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