Re: possible atlas centaur fuel dump

From: Daniel Deak (
Date: Tue Aug 31 2004 - 21:39:21 EDT

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    Kevin Fetter wrote:
    > Tonight while outside while getting ready for sat observing, my neirbour saw a glowing cloud. He
    > thought it might be the moon, I thought it's in the wrong area. I looked and thought, it could be
    > a fuel dump. I then saw a flashing light beside the glow:) My neirbour saw the flashes to. Where
    > using 10*50 binoculars.
    Hi Kevin,
    I'm sure this was a fuel dump from the Centaur stage that was launched tonight. 
    I saw the end of it as I arrived home from work. Its location match the 
    following elset produced by Ted :
                                                               414 X 39957
    1 72000U          04245.01776620  .00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0    06
    2 72000  58.4281 233.3614 7445000 290.0637   0.0000  2.00600000    06
    I will analyze a bit more my observation to see how well it matches this elset. 
    My first sighting was at around 01:15 UTC. It had the shape of a wide comet tail 
    about 2 degrees long and was slowly drifting toward the east. Approx coordinates 
    were AD 16h25 and +45 dec.
    Daniel Deak
    representant, projet spatial Starshine
    L'Avenir, Quebec
    COSPAR site 1747 : 45.7275N, 72.3526W, 191 m., UTC-4:00
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