Friday, February 11, 2011

One in the morning, one in the evening

Managed to get some time in yesterday during the REALLY cold morning and the just-about-as-cold evening. Both objects were new, so ... yay!

Here's the time-line for the morning/evening of:
Date: 10-Feb-2011 Thursday

6:46 AM - CZ-4 DEB - 3.4 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 2006-046-D
This is my first sighting of this object. This is some debris from a Long March 4B rocket. This rocket was used to launch a Shi Jian 6 pair of satellites (SJ 6C and SJ 6D). These satellites are reported to study the environment in space, however some speculate that that may also be used for ELINT (electronic intelligence).

8:31 PM - Cosmos 1680 Rocket - 3.7 Magnitude
Int'l Designator: 1985-079-B
This is my first sighting of this Kosmos-3M rocket which was used to launch Kosmos 1680, a Russian Strela-2M military communications satellite.

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