NOAA 4 and others

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Thu Jun 30 2005 - 05:56:15 EDT

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    07529, NOAA 4: seen as a bright, slow unid that crossed with 
    Iridium 44.  Its maxima were quick (about .3 second) doubles.
    PPAS report:
    74- 89 A 05-06-30 03:30:12   EC  219.5 0.3  14 15.68  +4.0->i double maxima
    Worth mentioning:  ERS 2 (95-021A, 23560) was trailing and 
    catching up with SPOT 5 (02-021A, 27421), and both were 
    visible without binoculars for a minute or more, just a few
    degrees apart and closing.  This was in the vicinity of the
    Big Dipper (UMa).
    DM-F3 (00-048A, 26475) way too bright again.  (It's supposed
    to be a 2m-by-1m spool-shaped thing with the mass profile of
    Orion 3, but recently it's been +3 at surprising distances 
    from here.)
    USA 129 and Lacrosse 4 crossed on both passes!  (I.e., both
    were seen at the same time in the FOV of my binoculars, both 
    USA 32 (88-078A, 19460) -- wonderful +2 sparkles for ten 
    seconds or so near its culmination.  It was visible without
    binoculars for a minute or more.
    While waiting for a third flash from GSTAR 3, I saw another
    flash -- a slow-moving eastbound object.  It tumbled slowly
    with bright, broad maxima.  I tracked it from about azimuth 
    192 to near Altair, maybe 17 or 18 minutes.  It turned out
    to be a good old Long March, Shi Jian 4 Rk (94-010C, 22997).
    Managed to see good old Superbird A for a couple of minutes
    again in spite of it having a lot of competition.
    Nice ISS pass in the NW.  Somewhat surprisingly bright HST 
    pass very low in the south.
    Observing site was BCRC:  30.315N, 97.866W, 280m.
    Ed Cannon - - Austin, Texas, USA
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