Prospero Observation

Rob Matson (
15 Mar 1996 12:28:51 U

                      Subject:                              Time:  12:11
  OFFICE MEMO         Prospero Observation                  Date:  96/03/15

I concur with Rainer.  I used more specific coordinates for Newark, DE, namely
39.6833N, 75.7583W, and did a search on a list of about 4200 satellites. 
Norad #05580 (Prospero a.k.a. Black Arrow) passed directly above Venus moving
south to north at 7:41:10pm EST, "shining" at magnitude 9.7.  Obviously the
lucky observer happened to catch a solar glint off the satellite, explaining
the short duration of visibility.