FW: Hello All some obs that someone might be able to identify

From: Steve Adams (steve.adams@pdl.co.nz)
Date: Sun Apr 01 2001 - 20:50:04 PDT

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    Hi again Jim
    
    No - No other responses as yet.
    
    Not really concerned about it - I'm really still learning about sat obs -
    It's very interesting and it would be interesting to know.
    
    Did have a look at the other site you mentioned but I don't fully understand
    reading elements yet.
    
    Steve
    
    -----Original Message-----
    From: Jim Nix [mailto:nixj@bellsouth.net] 
    Sent: Monday, 2 April 2001 15:11
    To: Steve Adams
    Subject: Re: Hello All some obs that someone might be able to identify
    
    
    Hi Steve,
    
        Well the PPAS database didn't have anything on 13261 aka 82055C, 06019
    or 72035A which is Cosmos 489, you
    can look this up in Mark Wade's encyclopedia astronautica online.  It has
    been
    observed to be steady, not a flasher, however most objects believed to be
    steady in magnitude
    will flash from time to time due to favorable phase angle.  Have you gotten
    any other responses?
    
    Jim
    
    Steve Adams wrote:
    
    > First, a little off topic but I gotta tell somebody who appreciates these
    > things: -
    >
    > Anyone in the lower South Island of NZ living in a rural area would be
    able
    > to confirm the incredible sight we had of Aurora Australis - Southern
    Lights
    > on the evening of Saturday March 31.
    >
    > Bright blues, greens, reds and pinks.  Motion was slow so it didn't appear
    > "wavy" but observed at different times there were distinct colour shifts
    and
    > even a really bright red towards the SSW at about 10:30 - 11:00 pm (local
    > time).  Coloured the sky through from SSE to SW and up to about 45 deg
    alt.
    >
    > Incredible sight and one well worth remembering, (only the second time in
    my
    > lifetime).
    >
    > Apparently we'll be able to see it for the next few days - can't wait for
    > another clear night to show the kids! - Makes you feel kinda small!
    >
    > While watching the above I observed 2 distinct "flashes" of resonably high
    > magnitude, (-5?), bright white, and another two much more faint in the
    > background.  I thought I had seen my first Iridium Flare, (and knew what
    it
    > was), but Heavens-above has no predictions for my location, (listed
    below),
    > on this night.  I might have missed some earlier flashes since I noticed
    it
    > as soon as I went outside.
    >
    > Sightings were - Due South, Alt about 60 deg.  Flashes lasted about 1-2
    > seconds and about 8 sec apart.  With only two flashes it was difficult to
    > tell direction of movement but I think it was due South or SSW.  Second
    > flash was about 5 deg lower than first and both very bright, (seen above
    the
    > aurora).
    >
    > I did not record the time accurately but put it about 9:30 pm local time.
    >
    > Second object was much fainter and appeared to be travelling SSW to east.
    > Also appeared to be much smaller giving the impression it was much further
    > "out" into space.  Two flashes were also observed.  A guess at mag would
    be
    > a very faint star and more "yellow" in colour.
    >
    > Anyone have any ideas?
    >
    > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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    > Lat 43.5000 S Lon 172.2170 E
    > Elev 150m
    > GMT -12:00
    >
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