97-30F almost dazzled me (mag -6.5?)

Bram Dorreman (a183231@nlevdpsb.snads.philips.nl)
Sun, 14 Sep 1997 22:10:05 GMT

A brief description of the brightest satellite I ever saw.
At about 19h37min30sec object 97-30F brightened so much, that it was
as if I looked in a window pane reflecting the sun. Comparison with
any other object was impossible. So I tried to imagine how many times
of Venus brightness at its brightest were about equal to that of this
object. I guessed 6 to 10 times. Therefore I report magnitude -6.5.
The position of this object was RA 22h45min dec +38. I don't know how
to convert these in Azimuth and altitude.
 
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--  Bram Dorreman, COSPAR station 4160, Achel 1
--  latitude 51d 15' 49" north  longitude 5d 28' 38" east
--          +51.26361 degrees            -5.47722 degrees
--  height:  35 meter above sealevel.
--  member of SeeSat-L
--  Internet: A183231@nlevdpsb.snads.philips.nl
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