Spot on !

From: Mike Bevan (
Date: Mon Aug 28 2000 - 04:38:34 PDT

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    Hi all,
    As a  visual eye observer the number of objects I can see is limited,
    however last night 27/08/00 I was very lucky in seeing the Spot 3 satellite
    (22823/93061A) perform a dazzling display.
     Whilst observing Cosmos 2367 travelling from my NW to SE. at culmination
    45°Az 55° El at 20:20 UT I noticed a flashing object cross its path
    travelling SE to NNW  mag. 2 - 3. A couple of seconds
    later it disappeared from view only to suddenly flash in the neg. mag.
    possibly 2 - 3, I then disappeared for a few seconds reappear with a few
    mag 2 - 3 flashes the finally it was gone.
    Question has this satellite been known to perform like this before or have I
    just been fortunate to be looking in the right place at the right time.
    Clear Skies
    Mike Bevan
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