Observing USA 193 to be On Time

From: Gerhard HOLTKAMP (grd.holtkamp@t-online.de)
Date: Tue Feb 19 2008 - 21:50:31 UTC

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    My original message seems to have been lost. It contained a small error anyway 
    (shadow egress instead of ingress). So here is my second corrected attempt:
    USA 193 passed Theta Ceti on time at 18:48:42 UTC, 19-FEB-08 as viewed from my 
    position. Despite its low 13 deg elevation it showed up better than mag 2. It 
    started to get weaker well before shadow ingress at 18:49:24 an I could follow 
    it for a few seconds beyond that as a very weak object until 18:49:34.
    Congratulations to all you heroes who managed to track it so well - great job 
    on those TLEs! 
    Gerhard HOLTKAMP
    Darmstadt, Germany
    49.8822 N, 8.6558 E
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