Re: Envisat Obs

From: Bram Dorreman (
Date: Sat Mar 02 2002 - 05:00:28 EST

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    My 1st observation on this satellite was at about 19:55 UT with 25 degrees
    elevation. Magnitude estimate was difficult as a street lamp was close to
    I think (may be pessimistic) it was +6.3.
    Two minutes later a +6.0 magnitude object followed a similar track.
    Likely the 02009B object. The TLE's confirm object B is behind object A.
    I also expect Envisat to be much brighter with "better" orientation w.r.t.
    observer and sun and expect even negative magnitudes on very favourable
    transits. I can compare this with Terra (99068A), which once had -4.
    Bram Dorreman,
    COSPAR 4160 (Achel 1):
    51 16' 45.5" N (51.2793 N),
    5 28' 36.6" E (5.4768 E)
    -----Original Message-----
    From: Cees Bassa <>
    To: <>
    Date: vrijdag 1 maart 2002 23:40
    Subject: Envisat Obs
    >Hi List,
    >After seeing the launch this morning I now saw Envisat crossing our Dutch
    >skies. We had two passes this evening, of which I missed the first because
    >of clouds. By the time of the second pass the clouds had departed the sky
    >Envisat would cross and I caught it roughly on the place it had to be
    >though I guestimate it was a minute late to this elset:
    >1 27386U 02009A   02060.46929290 -.00112148  00000-0 -40148-1 0    62
    >2 27386  98.5309 129.0967 0016292 276.4621  83.4766 14.34774504    63
    > Cees Bassa
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