IMAGE Flashes??

Date: Sun Mar 26 2000 - 20:51:00 PST

  • Next message: Ron Lee: "Re: IMAGE Flashes??"

    Reading earlier reports about IMAGE #26113 00017A being launched and using
    the available elsets, i saw that it would make a favourable pass at my
    location this evening. I looked for it with my 10x50s but being in a high
    orbit with low relative motion plus dark skies, all i saw were a lot of
    stars and quite a few low orbit sats in the FOV. I continued to look, at 1x
    mostly and at 03:56:18 27 Mar UTC +/- 10 sec i saw a large -2 flash approx
    12-15 deg below and approx 10 deg West of Polaris. Az 350 deg El 40 deg
    (estimated). Then at 03:56:42 +/- 5 sec there was another large -2 flash in
    roughly the same area. No other flashes were seen. Whether these were from
    IMAGE i can't positively say for sure but IMAGE was in that general area at
    that time.
    However i did see the DELTA 2 rocket that launched it, R/B(1) #26114 00017B
    was seen in my 10x50s low, 7 deg at Az 55 deg at 04:47:xx but was lost in
    some Aurora haze.   
    Iridium 67 flared to -7 as predicted.
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