Re: Flashing sat

From: Mir16609@aol.com
Date: Tue Apr 22 2003 - 13:32:00 EDT

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    In a message dated 4/22/2003 7:16:32 AM Eastern Standard Time, Russell Eberst <eberst@blueyonder.co.uk> writes:
    
    >>directly above two bright stars that were in line with each other (making 
    >an almost vertical line). We were thinking it was some kind 
    >
    >Any ideas on what looks like a geostat?
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    My 2nd best guess from Bjorn's list is TDF2
    
    TDF 2           
    1 20705U 90063A   03104.25068576 -.00000243  00000-0  00000+0 0  6715
    2 20705   3.8055  83.7445 0039903  95.3581 265.3481  0.98611799 49803
    
    But this object was between alpha and beta Cannis minor (2
    vertical bright stars) at 20:15 local time.  Its flash period
    as reported by Ed Cannon (21.6 sec in July, 2002) is
    consistant with the obs.
    
    From:
    http://wwwvms.utexas.edu/~ecannon/flashinggeos.html
    "20705 90-063A TDF 2, p=21.6 20020726, EC"
    
    My best guess is a half-period flash of Gorizont 23, which
    was over Castor and Pollux around 20:00 local.
    
    Gorizont 23 
    1 21533U 91046A   03110.20845993 -.00000268 +00000-0 +10000-3 0 04490
    2 21533 007.3755 058.1335 0003769 078.4412 281.5149 00.98909607037063
    
    Other known flashers over Castor and Pollux were Raduga 22
    (98.8 sec) and Cosmos 2172 (146.2 Sec).
    
    -- 
    Cheers,
    Don Gardner  39.1799 N, 76.8406 W, 100m ASL
    http://hometown.aol.com/mir16609/
    http://www.howardastro.org/
    
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