unidentified bright satellite

hahn@geographie.uni-kiel.de
Fri, 31 Jan 97 21:03:28 -0500

This evening I saw a satellite that wasn't predicted by Quicksat using the
TLE.936 file from AFIT. Unfortunately, I don't have the exact time and
position when I saw it first (roughly 18:42-18:43 CET, azimuth 45 degrees,
altitude 45 degrees, maybe 5 degrees positional error), but it went into
Earth's shadow at azimuth 123 (+/- 0.5) and altitude 39.5 (+/- 1.0) at
18:43:40 (+/- 2 secs).

Initial brightness was at least 3m, maybe even close to 2m; no flashes,
only steady darkening.

My position was 54.456 N, 9.622 E.

Any ideas what this might have been? Weather forecast is very good for
tomorrow evening and I'd like to see it again.

Marco Hahn