Flashing Geosyncs 3 April 2003 UTC

From: Mir16609@aol.com
Date: Thu Apr 03 2003 - 17:13:59 EST

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    In PPAS format:
    88-028 A 03-04-03 02:36:39.56JDG1133.9 0.3  70 16.20  +3.0->inv
    94-038 A 03-04-03 03:00:25.70JDG 891.8 0.3  48 18.58  +4.0->inv
    
    Gorizont 15 
    1 19017U 88028A   03082.62679628 -.00000179  00000-0  00000+0 0  7819
    2 19017   9.8392  44.8943 0037026 333.8254  25.9943  0.97828357 36481
    COSMOS 2282 
    1 23168U 94038A   03083.83253268 -.00000299 +00000-0 +00000-0 0 00784
    2 23168 004.2759 071.1617 0009996 252.5331 107.5328 01.00339108031955
    
    I believe that I caught the beginning of the Gorizont 15 flash cycle 
    window at 02:17 UTC.  The brightness of the flashes did not seem to 
    have a pattern.  They were typically +5.5 mag but as bright as +3 with 
    an occasional "smear" type flash.
    
    This object, like Cosmos 2282, is accelerating.  The most recent PPAS 
    report that I could find was Ed Cannon's from a year ago:
    88- 28 A 02-03-31 03:37:53   EC  461.5 0.4  26 17.75  +7.5->inv
    
    The flash period has changed by 1.55 seconds in the last year.
    
    Ref:
    http://satobs.org/seesat/Apr-2002/0016.html 
    
    Flash times may be found here:
    http://www.geocities.com/iss25544/geo20030403.txt
    
    Cheers,
    Don Gardner  39.1799 N, 76.8406 W, 100m ASL
    http://hometown.aol.com/mir16609/
    http://www.howardastro.org/
    
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