Re: 1997 012

Ron Lee (
Sun, 27 Apr 1997 14:02:39 -0600 (MDT)

At 15:48 97/4/27 -0400, you wrote:
>Also on April 26, observed parade of 1997 012 objects (DMSP B5D2-9) B,D,A,E,
>and C, but only saw one, steady at 4.5 mag.  No flasher this time.  Last time
>I observed it (April 18), the flasher did three bursts of half a dozen rapid
>flashes then disappeared.
>Eric Vondra
>Pittsburgh PA  (Observing from 41N 80W)

I also looked for the flasher (Object D?) but missed it.  Did see DMSP which
was on time.  Since the flasher is not always visible, I think I will have to
scan along track to find it.  Using 7x50 binocs,  I have not seen the B,C or
E pieces yet.  The flasher is now about 15 seconds ahead of DMSP.