96072A - 9 Dec 2K UT

From: Greg Roberts (grr@iafrica.com)
Date: Sun Dec 10 2000 - 01:28:45 PST

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    Hi
    
    Had a spell of cloudy weather as well as problems swopping computers
    around. Herewith lasts nights observations - air very turbulent and windy.
    Second pass clouded out. Data in IOD format:
    
    24680 96 072A   0433 F 20001209193259250 27 25 0744230-261620 56 S+069 03
    24680 96 072A   0433 F 20001209193307570 27 25 0740480-250770 56 S+069 03
    24680 96 072A   0433 F 20001209193315990 27 25 0736480-235650 56 S+069 03
    
    Okean-O rocket made a pass a very seconds earlier just below USA129 and
    was very much brighter than USA by about 3-4 magnitudes. Neither satellite
    was variable although Okean-O rocket faded at the end of the video frame and
    suspect this was shadow entry.
    
    Cheers - tonight looks like a repeat of last night but still 8 hours of so
    to go...
    
    Greg
    
    
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    Alt 10 metres. Pinelands (near Cape Town),South Africa
    visit http://canopus.saao.ac.za/~wpk/CoSaTrak/cosatrak.html
    
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