150 Moonwatch teams have been alerted to watch at dawn and dusk for a "rumored" new Russian satellite to be launched on next Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory announced yesterday.
Several Moscow sources claim that Russia will shoot a new and larger Sputnik into an orbit around the earth to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the Soviet Revolution.
Each of the Observatory's Moonwatch teams has about 14 members, who have been oriented to watch for a satellite coming from the northeast or southeast horizons.
The original Russian satellite is now circling in a path which favors viewing it from the far northern and far southern parts of the earth, where no Moonwatch teams are present. It cannot be seen in the Boston area.