Re: Observation of STS96 or Starshine?

Stephmon@aol.com
Sun, 6 Jun 1999 10:37:11 EDT

In a message dated 6/6/99 9:22:42 AM Eastern Daylight Time, 
kocis@catskill.net writes:

> Hello.  I think I observed STS 96 or Starshine at around 3:30 AM EDT on
>  6/6.  The first object passed to the northeast through The Great Square.
>  Was it STS 96 or Starshine?  According to my tracking program and elsets it
>  could have been either.  They should have passed through the Great Square
>  at almost the same time.  It was as bright as any of the stars in Pegasus.
>  A second object  passed through Aquarius going east (less than a minute
>  later).  It started out very bright and then faded as it passed closer to
>  the moon.  It faded dramatically.  Enough so that I had to use binoculars
>  to see it.  Was this STS 96, Starshine, or something else?  It didn't match
>  the time or path for STS96 and Starshine accoeding to my information.
>  
>  John Kocijanski
>  41 35 N
>  74 40W

There was a miniature procession going on just then. I'm guessing ISS was 
your UNID based on your "very bright" observation. TLE's are from the latest 
Molczan set. Predictions are abbreviated Satellite Hunting output.

In-Cosmos 19     4.3  0.0  0.0  5.3 v
1 11285U 79020A   99153.84167185 +.00005097 +00000-0 +29205-3 0 08858
2 11285 073.9641 289.4173 0160679 028.7848 332.2093 15.02513862091015

EDT			Name			ID		Az		
EL			Mag
3:27:06 AM In-Cosmos 19	11285	 28°	161° [S]
3:28:34 AM In-Cosmos 19	11285	 46°	104° [E]	3.8
3:30:42 AM In-Cosmos 19	11285	 20°	040° [NE]

Cosmos 1633 r    7.4  2.4  0.0  5.5 v
1 15593U 85020B   99153.92291319 +.00000497 +00000-0 +63636-4 0 00507
2 15593 082.5367 291.4244 0012878 136.0851 224.1373 14.79357472768071

EDT			Name				ID		Az	
	EL			Mag
3:27:28 AM Cosmos 1633 r	15593	 23°	173° [S]
3:30:13 AM Cosmos 1633 r	15593	 69°	093° [E]	4.5
3:33:15 AM Cosmos 1633 r	15593	 20°	016° [N]

Starshine        1.0  0.0  0.0  5.5 d
1 25769U 99030B   99156.34105187  .00020000  00000-0  29127-1 0    12
2 25769  51.5915 257.3806 0012795 323.4372  36.5573 15.59813944  1386

EDT			Name			ID		Az		
EL			Mag
3:28:23 AM	Starshine	25769	 48°	182° [S]
3:28:55 AM	Starshine	25769	 57°	139° [SE] 4.2
3:30:55 AM	Starshine	25769	 20°	067° [E]

ISS             20.0  4.0  0.0  1.0 d
1 25544U 98067A   99154.73845147  .00000000  00000-0  00000+0 0  6465
2 25544  51.5982 265.4328 0011461 298.4160  61.6336 15.58421204 31107

EDT			Name	ID		Az		EL		
	Mag
3:30:19 AM	ISS	25544	 47°	192° [S]
3:30:59 AM	ISS	25544	 60°	139° [SE] -.9
3:33:02 AM	ISS	25544	 20°	066° [E]
_______________________________________
Regards,
Stephen

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