Thursday, 1 July 2010

Progress-M 04M, MSX, and Mentor 2

A long spell of very warm, sunny weather is resulting in several clear nights. Since my last observations reported here (those of June 2nd), I have been able to observe on June 3, 13, 14, 16, 17, 22, 24, 26 and 29. Objects include Progress-M 04M, Mentor 2, Mentor 4 (USA 202), USA 161, USA 32, USA 184, MSX, Milstar 5, the NOSS 3-1 duo, and the STSS Demo-1. This does not include a number of non-classified strays also captured.

USA 161 (01-044A) slowly flared to -1 at 23:58:59 UTC (24 Jun).

Below are a few pictures. First: UARS captured as a stray, flaring, on June 16th:

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Progress-M 04M on 26 and 29 June:

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Geostationary USA 202 (Mentor 4), in the trees low in the sky (altitude about 17.5 degrees):

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Mentor 2 (geostationary), MSX and a stray (HJ-1A, a Chinese Earth Observation Satellite)

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