Re: Unknown satellites in high orbits

Rainer Kracht (r.kracht@elmshorn.netsurf.de)
Wed, 17 Sep 1997 15:53:11 +2

> From:          leo.wikholm@canon.fi
> To:            seesat-l@cds.plasma.mpe-garching.mpg.de
> Date:          Wed, 17 Sep 1997 09:02:37 +0200
> Subject:       Unknown satellites in high orbits

> 
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>  On 31st of August at 21.08 (UT), or 19970831.881 (UT)
> while observing a variable star I saw two satellites
> in a high orbit. I had a high magnification, so they
> were not seen simultaneously, and I cannot say if there
> were more satellites in a group. These two had almost
> the same path.
> 
>   Both were 14th magnitude, moving about 1 degree in
> a minute Eastward (coordinates equatorial). Their
> separation was roughly one minute, or one degree.
> 
>   They were spotted at 00h 49m, +56 54 (2000)
> 
> My site is at   60 14 29N
>                 24 48 58E
> 
> Telescope 44.5cm f/4.5 refl.
> 
>                         Regards,
>                         Timo Kinnunen
> 

Cosmos 1519 and Cosmos 1520 match the description very well.

83127A
1 14590U 83127A   97233.46534557 -.00000032 +00000-0 +10000-3 0 06978
2 14590 066.2291 313.6343 0005462 191.9457 168.1090 02.13101209046883
83127B
1 14591U 83127B   97232.52589940 -.00000089  00000-0  10000-3 0  6827
2 14591  66.2786 313.6703 0023290 187.5562 172.4459  2.13100278 46860

 Rainer