USA !93............brighter than predicted

From: John Locker (john@satcom.freeserve.co.uk)
Date: Mon Feb 04 2008 - 08:02:06 UTC

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    Good 53 deg pass by USA 193 this morning passing close to Arcturus.( 
    0647 )GMT
    
    It climbed out of the NW so bright it took me a while to realise what I was 
    looking at.....so long in fact I clean forgot to
    check it through the viewfinder until it was about 35 degs.
    Estimated mag was 0.0 , well above predicted during the early stage of the 
    pass and nearly as bright as Arcturus itself.
    Fade was very fast .
    
    Range at best was about 350 km.....In three weeks time when my evening 
    passes commence this is going to make a very interesting target.By then it
    will be down to below 260 km.
    
    John
    
    
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