Re:Moroccan UFO of Sep 1976 Correlates With Satellite Re-entry

From: Harro Zimmer (Harro.Zimmer@t-online.de)
Date: Tue Oct 16 2012 - 20:09:00 UTC


Ted Molczan's very interesting investigation and
analysis of the Moroccan event on September 19,
1976 shows that the decay of 1976-074C (#09051)
could be highly probably the culprit.
NORAD`s SDC reported the decay on September 18, 20 UT.
A semi-analytic approach based on 5 ELSETs
shows a possible decay around 01:30 UT on September 19.
A more sophisticated procedure - SP-theory with numerical
integration - confirms in general Ted's results.
The time window of the decay opened around
September 19 01:19:00 UT (object altitude 78.4 km)
and closed 01:22:12 UTC (altitude 27.3 km
start vertical descent)

The reentry ephemerides are archived:

http://satobs.org/seesat_ref/76074C/1976-074C_trajectory_H.Zimmer.txt

The reentry orbital elements are archived:

http://satobs.org/seesat_ref/76074C/1976-074C_Orbital_Elements_H.Zimmer.txt

The visibility for all observation points
were in agreement with Ted's calculations
but my program delivers significantly higher
altitudes above the horizon. As an example
3 points are given:

Agadir        01:19:00 UT  68.95 (Ted 18) Az 304.12
Casablanca    01:20:00     73.51 (    20)    283.63
Fez Region    01:20:24     15.37 (    10)    287.76

Harro

Harro Zimmer  - Berlin, Germany
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