RE: Sat ID request

From: Ted Molczan (
Date: Sun Jan 06 2002 - 19:43:06 EST

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    Bram Dorreman wrote:
    > I have my doubts about 1987-027B as the best candidate.
    > This Zenit rocket did not vary in brightness as fast as 
    > indicated. Unfortunately there are no observations reported 
    > at or around that date so I cannot be for 100 percent sure.
    Russell Eberst observed 1987-027B  7 days and 11 days prior to Bill
    Mitchell's observation of his unknown. It was steady on both 
    Russell has reported more than 150 positions for this object 
    since 1989, and it was always steady except on a handful of
    occasions, during which the flash period was between 10 s and 
    60 s. Its brightness rarely exceeded mag 2, and only by a 
    few tenths.
    Ted Molczan
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