USA-193 pass

From: Ralph McConahy (rwmcconahy4@comcast.net)
Date: Mon Feb 18 2008 - 23:43:17 UTC

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    Had a nice 73 elevation pass of USA-193. Unfortunately a thunderstorm rolled through here about 30 minutes before and left the sky mostly cloudly. Fortunately there were a few holes in the clouds so I could see it occasionally. It was barely dusk, that and because of having only small patches of sky, I wasn't able to see any stars for timing. But based on Ted's latest TLE it was relatively "on time." What I did see had it at near mag 0. The highlight of the pass was a nice flare about 15 prior to max elevation, at about 23:21:50 UT.
    
      Ralph McConahy
      38.3306N, 75.6970W, -25m (WGS84)
    
    
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