re 79104N

From: Greg Roberts (
Date: Sun Jan 27 2002 - 04:00:47 EST

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    Ralph wrote:
    >> Greg Roberts wrote (excerpts)...
    >>  The satellite was visible for about a minute and was about magnitude
    >> +07.4 and steady. It looks like the satellite was 79104N
    >> At the time of my observation the  predicted range was 13800 kilometres
    >> approximately.
    >> the satellite is quite bright so must  be reasonably large
    > This seems to be where a problem lies. The latest SSR lists 79104N's RCS
    > 0.0441. Perhaps there is another (larger) object that matches the
    > you observed.
    >  Ralph McConahy
    >  34.8829N  117.0064W  670m
    After Mike McCants had a close look at the positions I reported I agree that
    satellite seen was NOT 79104N  - consequently it would appear that what was
    seen was probably a classified Centaur in an elliptical orbit.  No known
    appears to match the observations.  Unfortunately the chances of my seeing
    it again
    are a little remote as I havent a clue where/when to start looking but for
    the next
    few tracking sessions I guess Ill be favouring my northern sky in case I can
    it again!
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