New Globalstars - 10-19-10

From: Bill Arnold (
Date: Wed Oct 20 2010 - 16:24:13 UTC

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    I was able to observe three of the new Globalstar satellites last night at about 8:39:00 pm. CDT (US). Even in strong Moon light, all three were easily visible in binoculars. While watching, I saw them all brighten up slightly in a deep golden color.  I am unable to really give a accurate magnitude estimation.
    I was in my front yard, facing West, using my 7x50 binoculars.  I could see all three in the binocular eyepiece field of view.  They were in a line with Object A leading followed by Object C about 2 directly behind A and Object B about 3 behind C, they all passed about 5 to the left of the star 17-Zeta Aquilae, which from my view is about 12 to the lower right of Altair (53-Alpha Aquilae). Elements obtained from Space-Track about 1 hours prior to observation.
    37188    2010-054A    Object A
    37189    2010-054B    OBJECT B
    37190    2010-054C    OBJECT C
    I am hoping the clouds will part tonight as all 6 will be moving under the star to the lower left of Vega, as seen from my front yard about 8:47:30 pm. CDT (US).
    My location: 30:29:07.3 N  -89:00:09.7 W
    7x50 binoculars.
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