milstar 6 flare

From: Kevin Fetter (kfetter@yahoo.com)
Date: Wed Apr 23 2008 - 22:17:35 UTC

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    Since the sky finally cooperated, with a night I was off, I went and observed the Milstar 6 geo
    sat flare. 
    
    Easy to spot in my 10 by 50 binoculars, as it buzzed a Mag 5 star.
    
    Time was 5:32 UTC
    
    Video of it buzzing the star.
    
    http://www.kfetter.com/satvideo/geoflare/27711.wmv
    
    File size is 10 Mb.
    
    Star was TYC 4972 1456 ( Tycho star Catalog )
    
    located at
    
    RA (J2000.0): 13 31 57.95
    declination -06 15 20.6
    
    Milstar 6 appeared in the magnitude 7th range.
    
    It's nice the flare last's awhile. I then later observed milstar 6 passing near Syrma located at
    
    RA (J2000.0): 14 16 00.88
    declination -05 59 58.3
    
    Milstar 6 passed by it, at around 6:17 UTC.
    
    Milstar 6 was placed into orbit, 5 years ago this month.
    
    What it looks like 
    
    http://www.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=118
    
    Kevin
    
    
    
    
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