Re: TiPS Tether Sighted

Rainer Kracht (R.Kracht@t-online.de)
Mon, 24 Jun 96 23:11 +0100

>From: PMALEY@GP808.jsc.nasa.gov (Maley, Paul D.)
>To: seesat-l@iris01.plasma.mpe-garching.mpg.de ('SEESAT-L')
>Date: Mon, 24 Jun 1996 15:02:38 -0500
>Subject: TiPS Tether Sighted


>I observed the TiPS tether Saturday June 22 pre-sunrise at 1012UT from 
>Houston, Texas USA. Passes on Sunday and today were rained out. The tether 
>was about +6.5 magnitude in the northnorthwest (elevation 31 degrees), range 
>1721 km. It was about 0.12 degrees long. As it climbed to an elevation of 89 
>degrees, range of 1026 km, it lengthened only to 0.17 degrees and brightened 
>to +5.5 at best. The phase angle varied between 90 and 73 degrees during the 
>observing window. Three minutes of video was obtained and will be shown at 
>EUROSOM 2.

A rough elset fitted to Paul's observation is:

TiPS
1 96290U 96029    96172.50000000  .00004000
2 96290  63.4200 173.5000 0001000 150.0000  39.3400 13.63440000


Paul: Please give one or two points with time, RA, delta and
      geographical longitude/latitude of your site.


 Rainer Kracht  1996 June 24
 R.Kracht@t-online.de
 +9.6626E, +53.7695N, 9m