Re: Unknown bright geostationary?

From: Michael McCants (mmccants@jump.net)
Date: Sat Mar 08 2003 - 12:41:50 EST

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    Rainer Kracht posted:
    
    >I found Greg's unknown with the Mintron and 75 mm lens
    >hampered by clouds, city lights and branches of a tree:
    
    Unknown 030305 
    1 90013U 03564A   03066.43506106 0.00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0    04
    2 90013   7.0000   5.0734 0001000   0.0000   0.0000  1.00313400    04
    
    This elset still assumes a zero eccentricity (which might not
    be correct).  With that assumption, the mean motion indicates
    a drift to the west of about 1/7 degree per day.  The inclination
    of 7 degrees would indicate that this object was launched over
    10 years ago (wild guess).  Its brightness would indicate a
    very large object if it's not flaring.  Ed could see a couple
    of flaring geosyncs with his unaided eyes last night from BCRC
    in between the cirrus clouds.
    
    Mike McCants
    
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