ah there you are = milstar 1 flare

From: Kevin Fetter (kfetter@yahoo.com)
Date: Mon Apr 07 2008 - 02:13:33 UTC

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    As expected I can see Milstar 1 ( 90023 ) on the tv, thanks to it's main body flare.
    Milstar 1 is covered in Kapton, a thermal insulation material and is a nice big sat.
    I find when it's around opposition for the night, ie 12 hours difference from the sun in R.A, lots
    oh sunight is reflected and thus it flares up. That's my story and I am sticking to it.
    It's currently appears to be around the 8th magnitude range. Not super bright, I don't care.
    Next time I view it, in my 10*50 binoculars.
    Nice to see it again, as during winter I didn't notice it on the tv screen. So I find in the warm
    months it's brighest so far.
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