RE: DEC14-15.OBS

From: Ted Molczan (molczan@home.com)
Date: Sat Dec 16 2000 - 05:22:21 PST

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    Regarding Russell Eberst's unknown of 2000 Dec 15:
    
    > 15
    > 9900000 063723.44 213243+451812 4.3 4.3 0 S
    > 9900000 063729.88 211625+434630 4.4 4.4 0 S
    
    > Any identifiaction of the unknown (9900000) or estimate of its orbit
    > from the two reported observations would be welcome.
    
    So far, I have not been able to match it to any known object's orbit. If the
    orbit is circular, then this is a good fit:
    
    00850A           0.0  0.0  0.0  4.7 v
    1 90009U 00850A   00350.27596574  .00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0    07
    2 90009  62.9165  78.4385 0000001   0.0000  98.4979 16.05229433    06
    
    The standard magnitude of 4.7 (1000 km, 50 percent illuminated) suggests that
    this may be a large object.
    
    Ted Molczan
    
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