an object to keep us guessing?

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Tue Oct 26 2010 - 05:13:43 UTC

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    Sunday evening Mike had predictions for 
    a relatively new Long March rocket body, 
    2010-036B, 36829, CZ-3A R/B.  He got it
    in the scope, and it was bright enough
    for me to see with my 8x42 binoculars,
    under the bright moonlight.
    The thing is, it was pure luck that we
    saw it.  The elements Mike had used for
    his predictions were wrong, but just by
    accident -- coincidence -- they gave 
    predictions that were only two minutes
    late from when it actually appeared, 
    and we happened to look early enough.  
    The reason we lucked out was because 
    the elements were wrong by almost 
    exactly one orbit!  They are having 
    trouble tracking the object.
    So I thought I'd mention it, in case
    someone else might want to try to see
    it, as it will have a fairly short 
    time in orbit and because good orbital
    elements for it may be hard to come 
    by.  Some may even be interested in 
    practicing positional observing on it?
    Oh, also, I wanted to mention it as
    a bright object that might show up as 
    an unid that would be difficult to 
    identify, due to inaccurate orbital 
    elements.  But maybe they will get 
    better at tracking it as its mean
    motion speeds up?
    Ed Cannon - Austin, Texas, USA
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