Raduga 33 observed glowing, with plasma tail

From: Ted Molczan (molczan@hotmail.com)
Date: Thu May 06 2004 - 02:44:21 EDT

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    On 2004 May 06 at 06:16 UTC, I spotted Raduga 33, low in the west. It passed 
    1.5 deg above Jupiter at 06:16:11 UTC. At that point, it was about magnitude 
    -1, with a plasma tail about 5 deg long.
    It culminated at about 06:16:50 UTC, about 35 deg above azimuth 210 deg at 
    which point it was at least magnitude -2, with a 10 deg plasma tail.
    I have never seen a satellite move so fast - about 2.85 deg/s at culmination 
    - covered most of the sky in 90 seconds!
    I obtained at least three points, which I will post as soon as I have 
    reduced them.
    Ted Molczan
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