Navstar 76 Centaur obs

From: Björn Gimle via Seesat-l <>
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 12:35:26 +0100
I haven't seen any obs report for the fuel dump.

But a long time friend, now part time resident in West Australia, Timo
Karhula, posted a report on the Swedish blog and asked
for my assistance re his outback observation.
When I had asserted the ID, he wanted me to include his description (my
rough translation) in my post.

"At 1:47 MET (Feb.5 17:47 UT) I looked up and noted that Omega Centauri was
considerably larger than a full Moon ?! Weird. I had to look through my
10", 50x Dobson and saw two "nebulae" next two each other. The 2nd one was
entirely different and mag +2 like eps Cen. In my ~40 years of observations
I hadn't seen anything like this. It was a green cloud, almost a degree
across, and a cone-shaped beam from one side towards the S. It looked like
a mini-comet outside the atmosphere. The comet tip moved slowly eastward
among the stars. I associated to Iras-Araki-Alcock in May 1983 passing very
close to Earth. Was this a mini-comet even closer? I could follow the
"comet" for ~half on hour at 1-power as it expanded and disappeared from
sight. My guess was some kind of rocket outgassing (barium?)"
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