Visual Observations of SELENE

From: Gerhard HOLTKAMP (grd.holtkamp@t-online.de)
Date: Sun Sep 16 2007 - 17:17:30 EDT

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    Here is a question to those of you who know about sophisticated observation 
    gear. The just successfully launched Japanese spacecraft SELENE is supposed 
    to go into a 100 km polar orbit around  the Moon. It will release two smaller 
    satellites which go into a 100 x 800 km and a 100 x 2400 km orbit around the 
    Moon. Would there be any chance to come up with a visual observation of this?
    
    My guess that they would be something like mag 18 or so. This seems to be 
    impossible to see (or record with suitable equipment) next to the bright 
    Moon. There might be the chance of a solar panel flare but this would happen 
    at Full Moon when the Moon's glare is particularly bright. Maybe if one could 
    zoom in on the lunar north or south pole with high magnification there might 
    be a chance? 
    
    Gerhard HOLTKAMP
    Darmstadt, Germany
    
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