Re: Superbird-A and Mysterious Flasher

Mike (asterism@att.net)
Tue, 06 Apr 1999 23:55:11 -0400

I did spot your mystery object tonight... exactly where you indicated. I
haven't done flash timings before but generally, brightest flashes were
+4; less than 7 seconds between flashes. I picked it up at around 3:20 UT
(Apr 7), which was the best activity over the next 10 minutes. Will try
again tomorrow night and get more accurate results.

Also, 3 naked eye flashes from SuperbirdA (+3).

Thanks for the tip.

--Mike
29.3N 82.3W


Ron Lee wrote:
> 
> Looked again tonight (6 April local; 7 April UT) and did not see the
> flasher I saw last night.  Rob suggested the object below. It was about
> six degrees to far left but the old elsets might account for that.
> I just noticed that the elsets are YEARS old instead of about 200 days.
> 
> How does an object stay in the database with elsets that old?
> 
> 96044C
> 1 24210U 96044C   96223.93772132 -.00000394 +00000-0 +10000-4 0 00092
> 2 24210 005.4294 117.8507 7294336 179.2896 182.7981 02.28186586000035
> 
> One good thing. I finally saw Superbird-A (#20040) naked eye.  Of course
> I did not get a phase shift time.
> 
> Ron Lee