At 15:15 31/08/99 -0700, Rob wrote: >For those with insomnia in Europe, I think that perhaps that should read inso-mania :-)) I must be nuts, awake at this time ! > you can try seeing the >bright flashes of Superbird A (#20040) before it gets too >low in the southwest in the coming days. Rob : my preliminary report from a beginner at this game is :- My location is SW England 51.444 lat, 2.745(W) lat. 25ft asl. Near Bristol. Just prior to 03:34:45 I saw the first flash, as this was my first time and I was still scanning the field between theta, 46, and chi I waited for a second flash to confirm, and localise the area. When this happened I glanced away at my clock which gave me the 03:34:45s UTC time ( clock is radio locked to the Rugby, UK, time code transmitter ) The last flash was just before 03:39:56. I was roughly counting periods in my head ( not a very accurate head! ) and when a period and a half to perhaps two went by with no flash I looked away to my clock, which gave me the 03:39:56s time. The position was, as you correctly predicted, to the right of zeta/chi, in fact just above above and a bit right of a mag 5.75 star shown on SkyMap. The elapsed time was, thus, 5mins. which makes me think that I must have missed the start ? Since you say that should be about 4mins before the peak ( middle ? ) Limiting mag. in my 10x50 was perhaps 6.2 or slightly better based on the star of 6.13 that SkyMap shows between theta and a star above 46. There was light haze from time to time and much dewing! Hope this helps, as it is now 05:20 local ( 04:20utc ) I must get to bed! If I remember any further details, or whatever, I will post tomorrow ! Malcolm. > >I still have no recent flash reports from this satellite, >so as usual the times are uncertain by perhaps 10 or 15 >minutes either way. My prediction for Wednesday morning, >Sept. 1st is ~3:36 UT for London; a couple minutes later for >Paris and Belgium, and about 3:40 for Switzerland. Since >the flashes start about 4 minutes prior to the peak, observers >in England should start looking at about 3:22 (3:36 - 10 - 4). >At that time, Superbird will be about 1/2 way between theta- >and 46-Ceti. By 3:36 (the predicted center), the stars will >have shifted so that the satellite is a few degrees to the >right of the zeta/chi-Ceti pair. snip.