USA 86 (22251)

From: tlj18@juno.com
Date: Fri May 05 2000 - 11:16:14 PDT

  • Next message: nixj@bellsouth.net: "Obs May 7 & Superbird A"

    >To my knowledge, these are the latest elements, which were about 8 
    >days old at
    >the time of Jonathan's attempted observation:
    >
    >1 22251U 92083A   00116.12243973  .00007000  00000-0  43321-3 0    09
    >2 22251  97.7240 150.5454 0371000 133.3341 226.6658 14.66971147    07
    >
    >I estimate the prediction time uncertainty at less than 10 s; so the 
    >age of the
    >elements should not have been a problem. More likely, I believe the 
    >object may
    >have been difficult to see because it was low in the west and poorly
    >illuminated, especially after culmination, at 1:01 UTC.
    >
    >Jonathan might have had better luck had he observed about 1 min 
    >earlier, in the
    >SW, where its illumination was somewhat better. On the other hand, 
    >KeyHoles are
    >known to flare briefly in the West and NW, so it could have become 
    >visible,
    >despite the poor phase angle.
    
    As I recall, USA 86 was predicted to go through Castor and Pollux of
    Gemini, but I never saw it.  Has anyone observed this object recently?
    
    ================================================================
    Jonathan T. Wojack                                                
    tlj18@juno.com
    
    Stay up-to-date on all events in space!  
    Visit http://www.geocities.com/tlj18_99/   Updated at least once per day!
    
    ________________________________________________________________
    YOU'RE PAYING TOO MUCH FOR THE INTERNET!
    Juno now offers FREE Internet Access!
    Try it today - there's no risk!  For your FREE software, visit:
    http://dl.www.juno.com/get/tagj.
    
    -----------------------------------------------------------------
    Unsubscribe from SeeSat-L by sending a message with 'unsubscribe'
    in the SUBJECT to SeeSat-L-request@lists.satellite.eu.org
    http://www2.satellite.eu.org/seesat/seesatindex.html
    



    This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : Sat May 06 2000 - 16:35:03 PDT