RE: LaCrosse 5 and another object (think I found it)

Date: Thu Jun 25 2009 - 05:39:59 UTC

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    I think I answered my own question with another sweep of CalSky.  I get the
    SL-12 R/B(AUX MO
    (34268 2009-010-E)
    This shows up.  The magnitude was 8.9, roughly the same area, orbit, and
    35km higher than LaCrosse, which 
    explains the relative speed.
    If anyone wants to plug that in and confirm feel free, but I'm satisfied
    this is what I saw.
    Original Message:
    Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2009 01:10:46 -0400
    Subject: LaCrosse 5 and another object
    Just observed LaCrosse 5 pass overhead from SW - NE and almost directly
    overhead, and just as it was to the 
    northeast of me, I caught a very faint object alongside it.  It was so
    faint at first I thought it was a reflection off my 
    binoculars lens, but as I tracked it, I realized it was it was a separate
    satellite.  It was around mag 7-8 when I saw it 
    and appeared to be tagging along with the Lacrosse bird, just to it's east
    and slightly behind.  It faded fast as it went 
    away and I could not follow much but for about 20 seconds.
    Here's the pass info:
    41.2100N, 93.8460W (Truro, Iowa)
    Lacrosse 5	
    Max Mag: 2.4	 
    AOS: 23:44:22	 
    Alt: 31	 
    Direction: SW	 
    Closest: 23:46:46	
    Alt: 83	 
    Dir: SE	
    LOS: 23:51:52	
    Alt: 10	
    Dir: NE
    I saw the faint object just after closest approach.  Again, barely within
    field of view of my binoculars (10 X 50) and 
    east and slightly behind the LaCrosse 5 satellite.
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