Re: Unexpected bright sat

Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Fri, 13 Nov 1998 02:20:25 -0500

Rob Matson (ROBERT.D.MATSON@cpmx.saic.com) wrote, on Wed, 
11 Nov 1998, at about 17:58:55 -0800:
 
> ... this evening (Wed., 11 Nov 98, 17:43 PST in Torrance, 
> CA) ... I noticed a bright satellite moving west to east 
> ... dropped in magnitude from +1 to below my limiting 
> magnitude. ... the UNID became identified:  OAO 1 (#02142)

Just the night before (11 Nov UTC, Tuesday evening local) 
Mike McCants and I saw OAO 1 (a.k.a. 66-31A) flare to at 
least +0 for at least 15 seconds or so; culmination was 65 
alt. at 347 azi. at 0:36:41 UTC.  

Location 30.314 N, 97.866 W, 280 m.

Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA