Re: Possible Observation of USA 193 Debris

From: Christian Kjrnet (
Date: Tue Feb 26 2008 - 07:08:34 UTC

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    On 25-02-08 15:51, "Ted Molczan" <> wrote:
    > The only way to know whether or not Christian observed a fragment of USA 193,
    > is
    > for someone to recover the object he observed, in an orbit consistent with
    > that
    > of USA 193; therefore, I have fit rough search elements to Christian's
    > observation and a position near the approximate location of the intercept
    > nearly
    > 4 days earlier.
    > 1 72001U          08055.74057874  .00465146  00000-0  39831-3 0    06
    > 2 72001  58.8297   9.4354 0015000  90.0000 270.2828 16.12582003    08
    A big thank you to Ted for the TLEs and for nice private e-mails from
    several people on this list.
    I was out last night looking for debris again with no luck. Target star this
    time was 74 Orioni (SAO 95476) at mag 5.03, which the debris should pass
    over at about 17:54. Unfortunately a light cirrus layer drifted in half an
    hour before and I almost could not align the scope. After a succesful
    alignment I was barely able to see the star and as I said, no debris.
    Maybe outside of the field of view of 50.3 arcminutes, maybe too faint, or
    maybe not the correct identification/TLE at all.
    Tonight is forecast rain, but better weather later in the week. Will keep
    Best regards,
    Christian Kjaernet
    Kongsberg, Norway
    COSPAR 5059:  59.6408N 9.6402E 176m ASL
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