Grace Flares

From: Jari (finn1@telus.net)
Date: Tue Apr 30 2002 - 01:54:50 EDT

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    Despite twilight conditions, sun angle -10 deg, i looked for GRACE 1 #27391
    02012A and GRACE 2 #27392 02012B at 1x. I spotted a brief flare with an
    orange tint to the North and if correct, a second flare would follow a short
    time later indicating that it was indeed the GRACE pair. At  04:46:21 30 Apr
    UTC +/- 3 sec a mag 3 flare became visible at roughly the same spot, Az 18
    deg El 35 deg. It was GRACE 2 and it had the same orange tint to it. Each
    lasted only about 2 sec but long enough to see under the poor lighting
    conditions. I then had to use my 10x50s to follow GRACE 2 as it went by on
    the Mizar side of Alkaid in Ursa Major. Although i thought it was #1 at
    first so i waited at Alkaid for #2 to show up to get a seperation timing so
    i didn't follow the object when it travelled to the South. This was my first
    'Eastern' observation of the GRACE duo, all the others have been to the
    West.
    
    Jari
    49.40N
    125.00W
    30m
    
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