Superbird A for Friday morning Aug. 7

Matson, Robert (ROBERT.D.MATSON@cpmx.saic.com)
Wed, 5 Aug 1998 14:59:12 -0700

Here are the predicted peak flash times/locations for Superbird A
(#20040)
on Friday morning, August 7:

Lisbon, Portugal:  3:10 UTC  near HD #004813 (mag 5.17)  RA 0h 54.5m,
Dec -10.8 deg
Madrid, Spain:  3:13 near HD #004813  RA 0h 49.2m, Dec -11.0
Edinburgh, Scotland:  3:15 near phi-1 Ceti (mag .477) RA 0h 49.5m, Dec
-12.3
London, England: 3:15:30 near phi-1 Ceti RA 0h 48.9m, Dec -12.0
Paris, France:  3:17 near phi-1 Ceti RA 0h 49.7m, Dec -11.8
Brussels, Belgium:  3:17:30 near phi-1 Ceti RA 0h 49.3m, Dec -11.9
Montecarlo, Monaco:  3:18:30 near phi-1 Ceti RA 0h 48.8m, Dec -11.3
Geneva, Switzerland:  3:19 near HD #004813 RA 0h 50.1m, Dec -11.5
Milan, Italy:  3:19:30 near HD #004813 RA 0h 49.1m, Dec -11.4
Venice, Italy:  3:21 (twilight) near HD #004813 RA 0h 49.3m, -11.4
Rome, Italy:  3:21:30 (twilight) near HD #004813 RA 0h 49.4m, -11.0

Flashes are also visible in all of western and southern Africa, and
much of Brazil.  Here is the latest TLE from GEO.TLE:

Superbird A
1 20040U 89041A   98213.24862961  .00000019  00000-0  10000-3 0   231
2 20040   5.9444  57.1159 0007253  98.1653 262.0016  0.99750838 32901

Flashes should be easily visible in binoculars several minutes before
the
peak flash times listed above, and will reach naked eye visibility for
several
minutes each morning.  Soon, flashes will be visible very low in the
east-
southeast for Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Maine.
Good luck and clear skies to those who try.  --Rob