Re: USA 32 and 81, USA 129, big balloons

From: Markus Mehring (
Date: Mon May 28 2001 - 14:56:54 PDT

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    On Sat, 26 May 2001 16:31:40 -0400, you (Daniel Deak
    <>) wrote:
    >The USA 32 strong sparkling I saw on May 22 at 02:51:30 was at culmination at
    >the same elevation and azimuth (42 el. and 270 az.)
    I picked it up on May 25 around 21:24 UTC roughly at or immediately after
    culmination in my western sky, ele. 29 and decreasing and az. 270 and
    decreasing. With the sun still sinking at -12.8 it had a phase angle in
    the =<100 range and kept improving (was well below 90 when I lost it
    behind a tree in the SW). Observation distance grew through 1400-1500km
    during that time.
    It made a nice pass almost directly through Regulus, but what others have
    observed as a "brilliant sparkle", I can only call a *very* faint irregular
    flicker, otherwise it appeared rather stable. The change in brightness was
    there, but it was so hard to notice that I'm sure I could have easily
    missed it if I hadn't been specifically looking for it.
    CU!	Markus (N51.7264, E8.7434, 113m, MEST)
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