Re: "Comet" over longitude 93 west

From: C. Bassa via Seesat-l <>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:02:37 +0200
Great to hear you were able to observe the fuel dump!

An all-sky camera on Cerro Paranal, where ESO has the Very Large
Telescope, also shows the fuel dump. The timing is identical; it is
first seen on the 90 sec integration starting at 06:25:22 UT and fades
out of view around 07:00UT.

Here are the images obtained between 06:00UT and 08:00UT combined into
an animated gif.

At 06:25UT it is offset by a few degrees from HD194013 (20:23:10,
+05:20:34). This location is directly on the imaginary geostationary
ring as seen from Cerro Paranal (+4.04 deg Declination). Furthermore,
this location is within a degree or so from where Ted Molczan's
estimated elements for object 70503 predicted the first apogee (at
05:32UT). The all-sky camera images do not show anything at that time,
when the upper stage would have performed the circularization burn.

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