Obs 11 and 12 December

Mir16609@aol.com
Sun, 12 Dec 1999 22:22:12 EST

Hello Everyone.

Globalstar 33 r1 (25911, 99049E) made bright (+2.0 to 2.5 mag) both evenings. 
 As Leo Barhorst last week it is a nice flasher but I have a difficult time 
recording fluctuations between +2 and +2.5. There was a second pass this 
evening low in the west where it was flashing (5.5->inv) around LB's reported 
4 second period.

WIRE (25646) was visible for about a minute at 1x (~+3.5-4.0) 23:29 UTC 11 
Dec. (75az, 62el).

Iridium 17 flared to a -3 mag (-2 predicted) at 23:15:07 11 Dec.

Iridium 20 looked more like EGP during a pass at 23:32 UTC 11 Dec.  Lots of 
little flashes.   There was a series of 1x flashes centered at 22:57:25.5 UTC 
12 Dec. 

After many failed attempts with binos and a few with my 6" Dob I was finally 
able to observe Telstar 1 (00340) this evening in the 6" Dob.  It passed just 
below eta-Psc at 00:39:52 UTC 13 Dec.  

USA 147
1 25991U 99067A   99346.92179388  .00021698  00000-0  11311-1 0    57
2 25991  98.8983  40.0132 0009563 331.1345  28.9278 14.14454919    26
USA 147
1 25991U 99067A   99346.85105630  .00000147  00000-0  10000-3 0    38
2 25991  98.8966  39.9423 0009576 330.8662  29.1976 14.14442524    15
USA 147
1 25991U 99067A   99346.78031404 -.00000045  00000-0  00000+0 0    18
2 25991  98.8975  39.8677 0005612 333.8133  26.2786 14.14426739    04

The good news is regularly updated elsets for a DMSP.  The bad news (for me) 
is that the first visible pass won't be until February.   Darn 
sun-synchronous orbits.

Cheers
Don Gardner  39.1796 N, 76.8419 W, 34m ASL
Homepage: http://hometown.aol.com/mir16609/

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