Re: Unidentified Object

Date: Wed Aug 08 2001 - 07:13:46 PDT

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    In a message dated Wed, 8 Aug 2001  8:32:03 AM Eastern Daylight Time, "Mark Miele" <> writes:
    > I would also like to mention that it appeared to be no dimmer than -1 in
    > magnitude.  Possibly -2.
    > It was very bright.
    I often assume some error in an UNID report in order to match the obs with potential visible passes.  I probably extended the bounds a bit much on this one.
    At my location I get lots of commercial air traffic and (more often than I'd like to admit) I need to locate it with my 7x50s to resolve the running lights.
    There was no good exact match using alldat.tle for your location at this time.  
    Cosmos 2221 Rk, Cosmos 1328 Rk and Cosmos 1066 Rk would have been visible at 1x (though not at -1 mag) at your location at the reported time.  The only highly retrograde orbit object that reaches negative magnitude is Seasat1 which did not pass at your location until 23:20 EDT.
    Sometimes an UNID remains an UNID. 
    Don Gardner  39.1799 N, 76.8406 W, 100m ASL
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