Superbird A (89-41A) and GStar 1 (85-35A)

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Mon Apr 23 2012 - 07:11:40 UTC

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    First saw Superbird A (20040, 89-41A) the other night, 
    same night as Kevin's message a few days ago.  It's 
    flashing at about RA 11:30, Dec. +3, at about 3:35 UTC 
    (as of earlier tonight) -- in case anyone else wants 
    to see it.  Mike timed its flash period at about 10.55 
    seconds -- still speeding up.  Brightest maybe +3.5, 
    but they are so brief that it's not easy to tell.  It's
    easy to see with 8x42 binoculars, but it only lasts a 
    few minutes.
    Earlier tonight I saw GStar 1 (85-35A, 15677) flashing
    brightly at about 4:30-37 UTC, near RA 11:40, Dec +5.5.
    Flash period was a little over a minute.  (My stopwatch
    needs a new battery.)  This is one of the flashing
    geosynchs that's trapped on this side of the world.  
    It also, like Superbird A (and numerous other ones), 
    flashes for only a few minutes.
    Ed Cannon - Austin, Texas, USA
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