NOSS 3 (A) Brighter than Expected

From: Brad Young (
Date: Tue Feb 28 2006 - 15:24:26 EST

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    Björn Gimle <> wrote:
    > On Feb 23 I observed NOSS 3 (A) (#11720), and it was more than
    > a magnitude brighter as it went SE than at culmination.
    I can confirm that, Bjorn. I observed NOSS 3 A on Feb 27 (UT),
    when it passed just E of Saturn for me. I was afraid it would be
    too dim for binoculars and I already had my 12" Dob set up. As
    it passed Saturn it was brighter than Titan and about equal to
    the 6.5 magnitude star nearby (35 Cnc). Note that this was the
    first time I "guided" the Dob by hand following a satellite,
    and I was at a different site so I cannot post the positions
    for classfd.tle. Made for quite a sight though!
    Brad Young
    COSPAR 8336
    36.1397N, 95.9838W, 205m ASL
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