Early Gravity Probe flare

From: Ron Lee (ronlee@pcisys.net)
Date: Mon Apr 26 2004 - 23:26:00 EDT

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    I almost looked at a point that would have missed tonights flare.
    All the previous events occurred in the west or north of east-west.
    
    This was another northbound pass, max el 49 degrees east of zenith.
    
    Soon after spotting it south of Spica, I noticed that it became unusually
    bright.  Then I realized that it was flaring much sooner than expected.
    No other flare noted.
    
    Flare was at 03:04:12 (+/- 2 secs) UT on 27 April 2004.
    AZ/El 143/27.  Elset used below
    
    GP-B
    1 28230U 04014A   04117.10476196  .00000159  00000-0  21101-4 0    97
    2 28230  90.0086 163.1347 0002258  96.6091 263.5404 14.75587781   796
    
    Ron Lee
    Falcon CO USA
    Lat= 38.947800
    Long=-104.561400
    
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