SuperBird A for Australia,

8 Apr 1997 14:55:36 -0800

Hi Anthony,

Yes -- if my model is correct, Superbird A should now be flashing for viewers
in Australia -- western Australia.  It's probably too close to twilight (yet)
for Aussies west of longitude 140-degrees east, but Rob McNaught in Bugaldie
should be in fine shape, as should Vince Gardiner in Coffs Harbour.  For Rob
and Vince, I calculate a peak flash time of about 9:06 UTC for April 9. From
Rob's location, Superbird A will be at about azimuth 64, elevation 20.5:  6
degrees to the right of beta-Leonis, and about 11 degrees to the lower right
of Mars.  The sun is 16 degrees below the horizon.  I'm sorry, Tony, that I
don't have your coordinates anywhere handy -- if memory serves, you're near

Since these predicted flashes are at a very different point in Superbird A's
rotation cone from the U.S. flashes, I don't have a lot of confidence in the
exact time. In other words:  start looking early!  Once someone "down under"
has picked up the flashes, I'll REALLY be able to improve on the rotation

And stay tuned.  My program is telling me that a second flash window has
opened up for U.S. observers.  I'll post prediction times later today.  For
now, my best estimates for Australia, New Zealand, and some south Pacific
islands are:

April 9 (UT)

9:04 UTC  Arc from Adelaide thru Broken Hill up to Cairns.

9:05  Arc from Warrnambool thru the middle of New South Wales up to

9:06  Melbourne to Wagga Wagga to Bundaberg

9:06:30  Northwest tip of Tasmania; entire east coast of New South Wales: 
Canberra, Wollongong, Sydney, Newcastle, Coffs Harbour, Ballina; southeast
coast fo Queensland:  Southport, Ipswich, Brisbane.

9:11  New Caledonia

9:13:30-9:16  South Island of New Zealand

9:15 - 9:17:30  North Island of New Zealand

9:18  Fiji

9:24  Western Samoa