Bright distant flasher

From: Bjorn Gimle (b_gimle@algonet.se)
Date: Mon Apr 08 2002 - 17:16:17 EDT

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    A bright distant flasher distracted me from looking for USA 129 tonight.
    I saw a negative magnitude flash at RA 10:06 dec.+30 (upper W Leo) at about
    19:46:17 UTC and followed it down to 11:42.0 +14 07' at 19:52:40
    
    I later determined the period of bright flashing to be 31.14 s
    (SYNODIC.EXE), with secondary flashes at about -7.4 and +8.8 relative to the
    bright flashes (which disappeared after 19:50:39)
    
    The object was Raduga 33, #23794, 96010A at a range of 5885 to 4920 km
    
    Raduga 33        6.0  2.0  0.0  5.5 d   17       31123 x 266 km
    1 23794U 96010A   02094.04129819  .00007960  00000-0  23977-2 0  7484
    2 23794  48.2778  36.8716 6989938 201.2985 102.1598  2.64766763 50898
    
    Reduction of yesterday's observations delayed until tomorrow.
    
    -- bjorn.gimle@tietotech.se (office)                         --
    -- b_gimle@algonet.se (home)  http://www.algonet.se/~b_gimle --
    -- COSPAR 5919, MALMA,    59.2576 N, 18.6172 E, 23 m         --
    -- COSPAR 5918, HAMMARBY, 59.2985 N, 18.1045 E, 44 m         --
    
    
    
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