MIR, COSMOS 2053 RK

JAY RESPLER (jrespler@superlink.net)
Mon, 04 Oct 1999 00:59:44 -0400

Mir still fairly steady, though on Saturday it got brighter than I ever
recall seeing it.  Looked like an Iridium flare.  

Cosmos 2053 Rk is rapidly tumbling after the explosion.

QUICKSAT output B
  40.281  74.235  129.   JAY RESPLER              1950  4.9 15 F F F T T
***  1999 Sept 29  Wed evening  *** Times are PM EDT  ***  1931  6 3
 H  M  S Tim Azi ElC Dir  Mag Dys F  Hgt Shd  Rng  R A  Dec RCS  Name
 7 45 40  .1 294 59C  92  3.7   7 3  302 235  348 1633 45.5 Cosmos 2053 Rk
mag 4, flashing ~1sec to 3

 7 59 45  .4  29 32C  89   .0   7 2  220  43  387  2 9 65.4     .Mir
remained steady throughout pass


  39.761  74.455   50.     1950  2.0 20 F F F T F
***  1999 Oct   2  Sat evening  *** Times are PM EDT  ***  1927  6 7
 H  M  S Tim Azi ElC Dir  Mag Dys F  Hgt Shd  Rng  R A  Dec RCS  Name
 7 39 11  .0 217 82C 268 -1.3   2 2  220 130  222 19 1 32.9      Mir

South of my normal location. Before reaching Culmination, Mir brightened
to mag -4 or -5. Stayed there for few seconds, slowly faded to predicted
magnitude.

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