96 29A, C, D & E obs report, June 10, 1996

Mike McCants (mike@comshare.com)
Tue, 11 Jun 1996 00:33:22 -0500

Object 96 29A is now fainter because it is being trailed by objects
96 26D and 96 26E.  This set of designations would make 96 29C
the "outlier".

On my first pass this evening, about 2:23UT on June 11, the A object
preceded the D object by 6.0 seconds.  The D object preceded the
E object by 1.5 seconds.

The A object gave off "strobe" flashes (about 3 sets of 3) for 5 seconds
about 2:21:04UT.  This was about 30 degrees up in my southeast.

On my second pass this evening, about 4:14UT, the A object preceded
the D object by about 6.8 seconds and the D object preceded the E object
by about 1.7 seconds.

The A object gave off about 6 sets of strobe flashes - some possibly
as bright as second magnitude - between 4:10:54 and 4:11:03UT.
This was about 30 degrees up in my west.  The sets of strobe flashes
were separated by about 1.6 seconds.

On both passes all 4 objects were in a 1.6 degree field of view
except near culmination.  Near the end of the second pass, the 3
objects C, D, and E made a very small triangle due to the perspective
and the range of 1500 miles.

The A object showed a 3 or 6 second brightness variation about 4:14UT,
but it was difficult to measure.

In general, the C, D, and E objects were about magnitude 5 at culmination
on both passes and the A object was about magnitude 7.

A "sudden brightening" of the D object was noted at 2:20:56UT.
I estimate that it increased from magnitude 6.5 to magnitude 5
very rapidly.  This was only about 6 seconds before the A object
began its strobe flashes.  The D object was constant after that.

As usual, the strobe flashes of the A object could be anticipated
because its minor flashes gradually got brighter.

Mike McCants
mike@comshare.com