Observed Passes of Satellites, Rocket Bodies (etc.) in 2015

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Re: Observed Passes of Satellites, Rocket Bodies (etc.) in 2

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19 October 2015, 7:08pm CDT to 7:17pm CDT
Resurs 01 Rocket

Got outside just in time to see it. 45 degrees in the northeast. Magnitude 1.9. 850 km at closest.

19 October 2015, 7:18pm CDT to 7:28pm CDT
SeaSat 1

81 degrees in the southeast. Magnitude 2.4. 759 km at closest.
and
19 October 2015, 7:27pm CDT to 7:34pm CDT
Cosmos 1626

39 degrees in the east. Magnitude 2.5. 772 km at closest.
I used these passes as tests--to see how hard it is to visually track 2.4 and 2.5 passes when the Moon is almost First Quarter. I had little trouble, but Cosmos 1626 looked brighter and had too steep a descent. It wasn't an airplane (I don't believe) and Peat didn't have anything else on his pass list for that time....
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Re: Observed Passes of Satellites, Rocket Bodies (etc.) in 2

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10 November 2015, 5:59pm CST
Iridium #25

Brad and I saw this one for only a very brief time. The clouds were thick and I was a little surprised the event even shined through. In fact, the clouds thwarted my nighttime viewing and this was my only success on 10 November. 37 degrees in the south. Magnitude -6.9. 1186 km at closest.

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Re: Observed Passes of Satellites, Rocket Bodies (etc.) in 2

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11 November 2015, 7:11pm CST to 7:14pm CST
Hubble Space Telescope

Thin clouds played havoc with--and destroyed--all other bright visible pass opportunities. This one was fine, though once again it was my only success for the night. 43 degrees in the southwest. Magnitude 1.9. 761 km at closest.

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Re: Observed Passes of Satellites, Rocket Bodies (etc.) in 2

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18 November 2015, 5:57pm to 6:05pm CST
COSMO-Skymed 1

I actually saw it after it had exited the Great Square of Pegasus, though I was looking for its trek across. This is an Italian Earth-imaging synthetic aperture radar. It left Earth in June 2007 from Vandenberg. 69 degrees in the east. Magnitude 2.5. 667 km at closest.
More information:
http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/spacecra ... =2007-023A

18 November 2015, 6:01pm to 6:10pm CST
CZ-2C R/B

43 degrees in the northeast. Magnitude 2.5. 940 km at closest. This pass went under the Great Square and Pegasus, to the north...

18 November 2015, 6:24pm to 6:30pm CST
Meteor 1-4 rocket

...while this one, also heading north, passed through both. It actually went between Gamma Cassiopeiae and Ruchbach. Meteor 1-4 was the fourth fully-operational Russian meteorological satellite. 70 degrees in the east. Magnitude 2.4. 527 km at closest.
More information:
http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/spacecra ... =1970-037A

18 November 2015, 6:36pm to 6:45pm CST
Resurs 01 rocket

Hello, old friend! 85 degrees in the southwest. Magnitude 1.6. 645 km at closest.
More information:
http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/spacecra ... =1994-074A

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Re: Observed Passes of Satellites, Rocket Bodies (etc.) in 2

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19 November 2015, 5:58pm to 6:02pm CST
OTV4

I've now taken to following these things with 10x, after I spot them at 1x. It was fun watching OTV4 go under Mirfak. OTV4 is an experiment (NASA/USAF) called a Hall thruster electric repulsion--only launched in May. 30 degrees in the northeast. Magnitude 1.2. 588 km at closest.
More information:
http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/spacecra ... =2015-025A

19 November 2015, 6:07pm to 6:15pm CST
Hubble Space Telescope

I was preoccupied enough writing notes for the previous pass that I almost missed Hubble. I ran out soon enough to catch it brightening in the south. With 10x I watched it pass over Fomalhaut. 36 degrees in the southwest. Magnitude 2.1. 864 km at closest.

19 November 2015, 6:59pm CST
Iridium #60

Roslyn, Brad and I saw this. It seemed much brighter than its magnitude. Also, for some reason the prediction was taken off Peat's list after I wrote I on my viewing agenda! 28 degrees in the southeast. Magnitude -2.8. (Couldn't record altitude after it disappeared from Peat's list.)

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Re: Observed Passes of Satellites, Rocket Bodies (etc.) in 2

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23 November 2015, 6:26pm to 6:33pm CST
Cosmos 2287 rocket

I almost missed this one; I misread the directions as "northeast to south" (it moved south to northeast). Standing in the shadow of the 16OGS dome I just caught this rocket body heading away from Fomalhaut and Beta Ceti. I then followed it with a 10x50 Bushnell to beyond Andromeda. 43 degrees in the southeast. Magnitude 2.5. 1165 km at closest.
More information:
http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/spacecra ... =1994-050A

23 November 2015, 6:44pm CST
Iridium #95

After I saw it brightening east of Fomalhaut I used the Bushnell to watch it max out. 30 degrees in the southeast. Magnitude -4.0. (Once again I forgot the altitude.)

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Re: Observed Passes of Satellites, Rocket Bodies (etc.) in 2

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24 November 2015, 6:31pm to 6:42pm CST
IDEFIX/ARIANE 42P

67 degrees in the northeast. Magnitude 2.4. 858 km at closest.
I stood in the shadow of the 16OGS and was delighted to see it soaring under the Great Square as it headed west. A search of IDIFEX on NSSDC yields Ariane 4 rocket body launched 3 May 2002 from French Guiana.)
More information:
http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/spacecra ... =2002-021B
I looked with a Bushnell 10x, but not for long because right after was...

24 November 2015, 6:38pm CST
Iridium #30

,,this flare. Brad and one of his students watched it with me It was just east of Fomalhaut. 30 degrees in the south. Magnitude -4.8.

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Re: Observed Passes of Satellites, Rocket Bodies (etc.) in 2

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3 December 2015, 6:02pm to 6:10pm CST
Resurs 01 rocket

It followed a path I've seen before. 34 degrees in the northeast. Magnitude 2.2. 1058 km at closest.

3 December 2015, 6:15pm to 6:18pm CST
International Space Station

I could have sworn it was not a symmetrical dot. It may have been my knowledge of the shape "adding" to what I saw. That was not the case with the color! WOW!! As the ISS dimmed in the east, it turned orange and then very red. I will now always use a binoc for an ISS pass! 73 degrees in the northwest. Magnitude -3.2. 429 km at closest.

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