Three bright unknowns - but identified

Bjoern Gimle (b_gimle@algonet.se)
Tue, 9 Sep 1997 12:09:45 +0200

By chance, I discovered a bright (+2m) satellite rising in NE,
about 3 degrees below alp Cas, soon after it culminated.
Very fast, I timed 3.8 seconds over 7.1 degrees at 19:10:30 UT.
Soon after, I identified it as Long March debris
Long March 2 deb                                 628 x 178 km
1 24930U 97048F   97249.59142389  .00675808 -14208-5  58634-3 0   140
2 24930  86.3454 123.8232 0331881 151.4170 210.5739 15.54891933   762

The E piece, in a lower orbit, should have decayed yesterday.
F may last till Oct.6

Around 19:29 I saw a magnitude +1 steady object from zenith to
right of bet Peg, two minutes later one just as bright and fast
on a parallell track left of bet Peg.

They were soon identified as #23748 (EORSAT Cosmos 2326)
and #24294 (SL-6 rocket 96-50 D)

Long March 2 deb                                 628 x 178 km
1 24930U 97048F   97249.59142389  .00675808 -14208-5  58634-3 0   140
2 24930  86.3454 123.8232 0331881 151.4170 210.5739 15.54891933   762
Cosmos 2326      6.0  0.0  0.0  4.2 v
1 23748U 95071A   97247.41028609  .00000000  00000-0  00000+0 0  1783
2 23748  65.0081 184.8392 0006720 304.8886  55.1555 15.52065745 96903
Magion 5 r1      7.4  2.4  0.0  3.9 v
1 24294U 96050D   97247.32628308  .00060204  75726-5  40552-3 0  3865
2 24294  62.7491 195.7198 0356707 164.3533 196.8987 15.21866130 55499

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