Re: Ed Cannon's new geosync flasher

Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Sun, 02 Aug 1998 12:44:08 -0400

I arrived late at the observing site (30.314, -97.866, 280 m) 
last night, and Mike had already found this geosynch flashing 
to +8 by 4:01 UTC (2 August).

New Unk
1 98002U          98211.70207519  .00000000  00000-0  00000+0 0    03
2 98002   5.0000  65.1003 0001000 253.3126 106.6874  1.00270000    06

The brightest flashes occurred about 4:21 to 4:26 and, except 
for the Moon, might have been one-power.  They're certainly 
very easy in 10x50 binoculars.

Each night, as it's fading, the secondary becomes more 
interesting, with two, then three, and then even four quick 
sub-flashes.  Throughout, with the equipment being used to 
date, the primary is a consistent single flash with a 
primary-to-primary period of almost exactly 46 seconds.

Ed Cannon -- ecannon@mail.utexas.edu -- Austin, Texas, USA