Shenzhou obs on Oct. 12

From: Daniel Deak (
Date: Thu Oct 13 2005 - 00:26:38 EDT

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    Hello everyone,
    Thanks to the good accuracy of Ted's predicted elsets, I was able to observe 
    Shenzhou 6 and it rocket body in the morning of Oct. 12. I was not prepared to 
    make positional obs or to time the rocket's period, I woke up too close to the 
    time of the passes. The rocket was seen first at around 9:56 UTC coming out of 
    shadow. It was then at its brightest at around mag 2. It then slowly faded to 
    be invisible to the unaided eye (Obs was made at 1x), then brightened again to 
    mag 3. Its period was very roughly 1 minute.
    I then spotted Shenzhou 6 about 2 minutes later on a higher trajectory. It was 
    steady and faint at around mag 3.5 or 4. It was difficult to see because of high 
    cirrus clouds and early twilight.
    I would say Ted's elsets were no more than 30 seconds off in time.
    CONGRATULATIONS TED for your great work on predicting those elsets, no wonder 
    why they call you the guru ! :-)
    Weather will now be awful for the days to come...
    Daniel Deak
    Webmestre, site Obsat
    L'Avenir, Quebec
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