FAST observed

Bjoern Gimle (b_gimle@algonet.se)
Fri, 23 Aug 1996 07:57:24 +0200 (MET DST)

I missed the FAST Pegasus rocket from outside a Gothenburg motel
at about 57.5 N, 11.8 E, with a hazy sky giving a binocular limit
of 6.5 magn.

But, looking near the culmination point in Perseus, at 23:29:10 UT
on Aug.22, FAST showed up (15 sec. early) 

I saw four bursts of 3-5 sparkles up to about mag.+2 over half a second. 
The burst period was 2.2 seconds. After that, the sparkles faded
gradually, and the times for the next three bursts were +3.3, +3.2,
and +4.3 seconds. Then I lost it, and could not find it again, though
about 80 seconds remained to shadow entry ( I had not prepared
alternate track points )


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