Superbird A

Matson, Robert (
Fri, 20 Aug 1999 15:55:11 -0700

Hi List,

Haven't seen any reports from Europe of Superbird A flashes
being observed.  Probably has something to do with the
inconvenient time that they are predicted to be taking place:
currently around 3:25 UTC.  Anyway, if someone wants to
give it a go early Saturday morning, the predicted peak
for London is 3:23 UT at azimuth 165, elevation 27, a few
degrees northwest of rho-Ceti.

For Paris, the peak flashes occur 2 minutes later at about
azimuth 168, elevation 30 (also a few degrees NW of
rho-Ceti).  Now, since no one has reported flash timings
from this satellite for many months, these times are only
approximate.  Flashes could occur as much as 10 minutes
earlier or later than this.

Once someone reacquires the flash window, I'll be able to
update the spin axis and provide more accurate predictions
for western Europe.