TSS Observation

Rob Matson (Rob_Matson@cpqm.saic.com)
6 Mar 1996 14:58:02 U

                      Subject:                              Time:  14:41
  OFFICE MEMO         TSS Observation                       Date:  96/03/06

Despite a full moon, slightly hazy skies, and fast-approaching dawn, I had no
trouble spotting the TSS tether on its 16-deg (culmination) pass for
Westminster, CA, around 5:40am PST on 3/6.  I stopwatched the ghostly-looking
segment as it passed by 4 bright stars:  zeta-Sco, kappa-Sco, iota-Sco and
eta-Sgr.  Based on TLE's from 96065.83421644, TSS and its tether came 12.7
seconds early.  Rerunning predictions with today's TLE's with epoch
96066.46192593, the tether came 2.4 seconds late.  What an eerie site watching
this perfectly straight, 1-deg line segment sweeping across the stars!  I
can't wait for my next pass in darker skies!  For anyone who isn't latitude
challenged, this tether is a must-see...