DK watch : 17256 last obs

From: Daniel Deak (dan.deak@sympatico.ca)
Date: Thu Jul 06 2000 - 09:51:38 PDT

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    Hi everybody,
    
    Last night (morning of July 6 UTC), I made my last observation of the decaying
    Cosmos 1278 deb E. Its speed was much faster and its flash period almost
    doubled to 1.3 sec compared to 0.72 the day before. The maxima were more
    regular in magnitude at around 4.5 so it was an easy binocular object. It was
    44 sec. late using Alan's predicted elset :
    Cosmos 1278 deb E                                1416 x 94 km
    1 17256U 81058E   00188.21073432 1.86317124  11247+1  30239-2 0 98289
    2 17256  62.6812 156.4923 0926081 197.4021 159.2007 14.41068791101049
    
    Position at 05:41:49.8 UTC ± 0.5 sec :
    AD 00h06m00s    dec +58d28m
    Site : 45.8681 N, 72.5133 W, 75 m
    
    If  the reentry really took place around 11:00 as predicted in the last US Space Com
    notice, this was the observation closest to decay I've made at 5.3 hours before the
    event.
    
    Cheers,
    
    Dan
    
    --
    Daniel Deak
    Drummondville, Québec
    
    COSPAR site 1746 : 45.8537°N, 72.4857°W, 90 m., UTC-5:00
    
    E-mail : dan.deak@obsat.com        ICQ : 52770063
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