Unknown satellite: request for ID

Jonathan McDowell (jcm@urania.harvard.edu)
Tue, 4 Jun 1996 13:34:20 -0400

Hi, the Minor Planet Center asked me about some
observations by Chinese astronomers which appear to be of
an Earth satellite in a high altitude, high inclination
orbit. Can someone identify the object?
 Observation site: Alt 870 m, long 117 deg 34 30, lat 
+40 23 39.3
Observations of unidentified object B01600 on 1995 Dec 29,
in J2000 RA and Dec with V magnitude estimates:
   B01600  CC1995 12 29.60910 07 35 22.10 +65 53 43.0           9.9 V      327
     B01600  CC1995 12 29.61076 07 37 50.94 +65 50 59.7           9.7 V      327
     B01600  CC1995 12 29.63807 08 17 55.96 +64 40 02.9           9.4 V      327
     B01600  CC1995 12 29.63830 08 18 17.64 +64 39 01.4                      327
     B01600  CC1995 12 29.63866 08 18 45.90 +64 37 58.7           8.9 V      327
     B01600  CC1995 12 29.63935 08 19 47.51 +64 35 18.3                      327

     B01600  CC1995 12 29.84432 11 14 27.76 +38 18 27.6                      327
     B01600  CC1995 12 29.84464 11 14 36.08 +38 14 08.0          12.7 V      327
       B01600  CC1995 12 29.84534 11 14 54.14 +38 04 34.5                      327
     B01600  CC1995 12 29.84561 11 15 01.56 +38 00 37.0          12.8 V      327
     B01600  CC1995 12 29.84631 11 15 19.74 +37 51 01.8                      327
     B01600  CC1995 12 29.84836 11 16 12.72 +37 22 51.8                      327
     B01600  CC1995 12 29.84905 11 16 31.34 +37 12 56.8                      327
     B01600  CC1995 12 29.84965 11 16 46.40 +37 04 26.9                      327
     B01600  CC1995 12 29.85109 11 17 23.61 +36 44 13.3          12.7 V      327
     B01600  CC1995 12 29.85178 11 17 41.06 +36 34 24.7                      327
     B01600  CC1995 12 29.85375 11 18 31.46 +36 06 37.3                      327

     B01600  TC1995 12 29.91843 11 42 33.63 +25 50 13.9                      327

It's not totally clear that all the observations relate
to the same object.

 - Thanks!
      Jonathan McDowell