Telstar 401? and question about Soyuz

From: ecannon@mail.utexas.edu
Date: Mon Apr 22 2002 - 23:47:27 EDT

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    Someone who I'm pretty sure is in the North American Pacific 
    Time Zone (UTC-7 during daylight savings time) reports seeing 
    over the last few evenings a repeating flash in Virgo every 
    4 to 7 minutes, anywhere between 9:30 and 11:00 p.m. local 
    time (4:30 and 6:00 UTC, if the location is NA PDT):
    
     http://earthsky.com/BBS/Observers-Notebook/423x0.html
    
    I've sent a follow-up (which won't appear until tomorrow).
    
    If the reported flash period were very close to two minutes, 
    I'd feel sure it's Telstar 401.  But it might be Raduga 21 or 
    some other one.  Does someone in the Pacific time zone want 
    to try to confirm it?  
    
    Different topic:  Someone has asked about predictions (for 
    South Africa specifically) for the upcoming Soyuz mission to 
    ISS.  Are any pre-launch predicted elements available?
    
    The weather here recently has been very frustrating!
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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