In message <199703132154.OAA09769@jerry.pcisys.net>, Ron Lee <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes >>>97072.11 would be 2:38UT. Watch out Houston! >>> >>>My numerical integration comes up with a slightly later time. > >I was observing about 2.5 minutes either side of its predicted >low elevation (18 deg) pass at 02:39 UT, 13 Mar. I did use >binoculars and scanned a little cross track. I saw nothing. > >Could this be because it decayed earlier or the time delta or cross >track error were higher than I allowed for? > >I am in Colorado and the pass was to the east of me (towards Houston?) I doubt if the time difference was more than a few seconds but the cross track error could have been several degrees depending on its height at the time. It was good that you observed - it was a close call.