Grace 1 & 2 and unexpected Flare

From: Jari (
Date: Tue Apr 23 2002 - 02:11:30 EDT

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    With moonlit skies i had to use my 10x50s to see GRACE 1 #27391 02012A and
    GRACE 2 #27392 02012B but they arrived as predicted 05:46 23 Apr UTC. I
    didn't get a spacing timing on them this time around but 2 was still lagging
    behind 1.
    Earlier in the evening, after i had watched the USA 160 pair go by in the
    twilight, i went inside and upstairs to close the blinds. I happened to look
    out the window and saw a bright flare just to the right (N) and above (E) of
    Saturn at 04:40:14 23 Apr UTC +/- 3sec. Az 282 El 20. The mag was about
    equal to Saturn, if not brighter considering i was looking thru the window
    and it lasted long enough that the object appeared to going N-S. Except for
    being off by about 30 sec on 5 day old elsets, Cosmos 2181 r #21903 92012B
    looks to be the closest match.
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