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First of all I'd like to clear up some things regarding our publications. As you may have read in last month's issue, the English language introductory brochure has appeared last month. You can order it now. The people who've ordered a brochure in the last months must have received it by now. The proceedings of Eurosom 1994 are nowhere near finished. Some of the authors still haven't send in their articles. I expect to start work on editing the proceedings sometime in March, so a publication date will be at the earliest in May or June. The Dutch language brochure is being finalized as we speak and should appear early April. The Dutch language Handleiding is currently out-of-print and should re-appear at the beginning of April as well. The PPAS 5 will not appear on paper this year. The version that was distributed last month was not a complete one, the complete version (including most of Horst Köhnke's archive) has been distributed on the most recent Flash disk and is also available at the seesat-archive on Internet. Well, I think I've covered most of our publications now. This explanation seemed in order since so many of them (re-)appeared in the last months and several deadlines were delayed.

I hope some of you had a chance to see the STS 63 in the morning sky a few weeks ago. Maybe some of you even saw MIR close to it. I actually got up at 6 am three days in a row, but every single time it was clouded out. Our mailing list on Internet (seesat-l) was buzzing with activity though and a summary report on all those sightings can be expected in the next issue. After two months with very limited publicity, seesat now has 50 subscribers, which is a very pleasant surprise. Satellite observing most certainly is not dead!

This issue is once again packed with articles, and once again I had to postpone publication of several articles. Bram's article on bright satellites will definitely be published next month, as will a summary report on STS 63 sightings. Most of this issue is devoted to a project to determine the direction of the rotation axis of a flashing satellite. I hope I will get many reactions on this article. As you can read for yourself, I am not exactly sure how significant the results are, so I'll let you be the judge of it. Though mostly based on observations by Mike McCants (who is quickly becoming one of the most active observers of the BWGS), this project also set me to observing again, after almost a year of non-activity. It was great fun and I hope to observe regularly again in the near future.

During the Xmas holidays, several people of the BWGS discussed the possibility of organizing a second edition of Eurosom. There was almost universal agreement that a second edition of Eurosom would be a great idea, but we couldn't agree on when and where to hold it. Practically, spring or autumn 1996 would be realistical. Personally, I would prefer autumn 1996. Place of organization would probably once again be the Benelux-region, viewed the rather limited attendance from non-Benelux people at Eurosom 1. I most definitely would like to hear your opinion on this.

Bart De Pontieu



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