Wednesday, May 02, 2007

First observation of one of the new IGS objects

I managed to observe one of the new Japanese IGS eastern plane objects for the first time this night (see image below). It concerned the rocket-booster, 07-005C (#30588), which amateur trackers name either IGS 4r or IGS R2r.

It made a zenith pass and was bright and easy, mag. +1.5 in the zenith and about +2 when passing close to Polaris. It was steady, no sign of tumbling.

(click image to enlarge)

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