RE: shenzhou 6 rocket (CZ-2F R/B)

From: Stephan Szyman (
Date: Mon Oct 17 2005 - 07:13:46 EDT

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    just came in from observing part of the shenzhou 6 rocket pass through & 
    between heavy cloudcover.
    I caught sight of it as it emerged or a few seconds later, then lost it 
    immediately.  I couldn't see mebsuta, tejat prior or tejat posterior because 
    of the clouds,  only procyon, saturn, sirius, betelgeuse and possibly 
    alphard were visible, at intervals.
    its path still matches predictions on HA nearly exactly,  it passed closest 
    to saturn (which stayed visible the entire time) at 10:52:32 UTC  by my 
    watch (which I believe is running around 4 seconds fast)  HA shows it pasing 
    nearest to saturn at 10:52:28 or so.  the object was again very bright,  
    outshining saturn.  it is tumbling possibly at a faster rate,  I couldn't 
    really tell because of the cloudcover.
    clear skies!
    stephan szyman
    chicago IL USA
    41.6840N, 87.7000W; 188 msl
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