Telstar 401, Intelsat 512, Superbird A

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Tue Apr 30 2002 - 04:45:30 EDT

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    After much unfavorable weather for central Texas, we had 
    a pretty nice evening (got to see the current five-planet 
    line-up)!
    
    Here are three bright geosynchs plus one LEO -- 
    
    Telstar 401 (22927): Mike McCants pointed his telescope
    at it and said, "Wow!"  Soon after that I saw four easy 
    one-power flashes; PPAS
    93- 77 A 02-04-30 04:35:54.9 EC  996.6 0.5   8 124.6  +2->inv
    
    Its episodes are about 15 minutes earlier each night.
    The four one-power flashes that I saw were at:
    
    3:01:23.34, 3:03:27.94, 3:05:32.31, 3:07:36.93
    
    Intelsat 512 (16101): seen by accident when looking for 
    UARS in WSW.  This one is very similar to Superbird A -- 
    (from a reasonably good location) can be seen without 
    binoculars during the few minutes each evening when it 
    flashes brightly, flash period is short; however, this 
    one's episodes are about 15 minutes *later* each night; 
    already pretty far in the west from here; PPAS
    85- 87 A 02-04-30 03:17:48.9 EC  223.1 0.3  10 22.31  +5->inv
    
    Superbird A (20040): too much city sky glow to see without
    binoculars; PPAS (ending around apparent phase-shift time)
    89- 41 A 02-04-30 02:54:58.3 EC  227.3 0.3  10 22.73  +3.5->inv
    
    NOAA 7 (12553): secondary maxima visible at either 1/4 or
    3/4 cycle; PPAS
    81- 59 A 02-04-30 02:45:59.4 EC   70.1 0.5   6 11.7   +4->inv
    
    BCRC observing location: 30.315N, 97.866W, 280m.
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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