Wow! Low, fast, and bright

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Wed Dec 31 2003 - 16:44:32 EST

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    Last night Mike and Fred and I saw a "Wow!" satellite pass.
    It was Asiasat 1 Rk (90-030B, 20559, a Long March).  It 
    went over at an orbital height of about 250-60 km, magnitude 
    zero (not varying much, as far as I could tell), at a very 
    fast rate!  In 60 seconds it went from alt-az 58 @ 211 to 
    26 @ 94 -- a bunch of sky.  I think we first saw it before 
    it reached the first predicted point.  We were at the BCRC
    observing site.
    
    Later I watched Superbird A (89-041A, 20040) from outside of 
    my apartment, from 3:41:15 to 3:48:10 -- good old reliable
    Superbird.
    
    To whom it may concern:  Happy New Year!
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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