96038A and 96038A r observed

H.J. Schnitzler (H.SCHNITZLER@ABBS.heide.de)
9 Jul 96 20:14:00 +0200

Last night I have observed the both objects. The heaven was especially 
clear. For the observation I used the following (Rainer's) elsets:

96038A        
1 96038U 96 38  A 96189.22990650  .00000000  00000-0  00000+0 0    00
2 96038  54.9974 167.1170 0018614 323.1862  36.8855 15.88695703    01
96038A r      
1 96039U 96 38  B 96188.00000000  .00073445  00000-0  20435-3 0    08
2 96039  55.0076 172.9909 0014210 249.3018 296.7507 15.92877839    09

my location:  6.5950 E  51.0733 N  60mSL

At first I looked with 10x50 Bino, but both satellites were however
easily to find and to observe with nacked eye.


96038A r
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on 8 July 1996 at 22:25:39 UTC, RA 2h 32m, DEC +89d 16m (2000), he jumped 
over Polaris (alpha UMi), flashing ~2.5 seconds mag 2 - 6, white color.
15 seconds later than predicted.

96038A
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on 8 July 1996 at 22:43:23 UTC, RA 15h 03m, DEC + 73d 17m (2000),
between beta and gamma UMi, flashing ~1 second mag 2 - 4, he appeared
reddish or golden.
8 seconds earlier than predicted.

Time accuracy 1-2 seconds.


Greetings, Hermann

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