Superbird A sighting

Robert G Fenske Jr (
Tue, 14 Apr 1998 16:38:28 -0500 (CDT)

	Last night from about 10:50pm (03:50 Apr 14 UT) to 11:00pm I
observed Superbird A with 10x50 binoculars.  I initially saw several
flashes that were about 11 seconds apart (I didn't have a watch
with me).  Later I could see flashes about 22-23 seconds apart.  These
weren't quite as bright as the initial ones.  I didn't see any gradually
diming flashes; they just suddenly quit or fell below my limiting

	While scanning the sky before I started watching Superbird A, I
caught a -1 mag flash or so nearby.  I couldn't see anything with just my
eyeballs so I trained the binocs at the region of the flash.  I found a
satellite moving SE.  It made one more not-as-bright flash before fading
away to invisibility (basically a shadow entry).  I later determined it to
be the COMETS H2 rocket (#25176).

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