"Comet" over longitude 93 west

From: Mike McCants via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 02:13:20 -0500 (CDT)
I was able to spot what I assume was the Centaur fuel dump
from the GSSAP launch from Austin about 06:25 UT July 29.

The "comet" was about magnitude 2 when I first spotted it.
I was using 10x42 binoculars.  There were some thin cirrus clouds.

Of course it was geostationary and the stars gradually moved
from east to west.  It was very close to the 4.4 magnitude
star 3 Aqu (RA 20 Hr 47.7 Mn, Dec -5.0, 2000) about 06:36 UT.

I did not attempt to set up a telescope to observe the actual

The "comet" gradually expanded and I stopped observing at 06:50 UT.

I called Ed about 06:32 and he was able to see it from his apartment area.

Mike McCants
Austin, TX
Lat 30.33 North, Long 97.76 West
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