Re: UNID Flasher?

From: Stephmon@aol.com
Date: Fri Aug 17 2001 - 15:57:16 PDT

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    In a message dated 8/17/01 5:58:18 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
    c.g.bassa@phys.uu.nl writes:
     
    >  The flashes occured in and near the triangle made of Alpha, Gamma and 
    >  Epsilon Cygni. The first flash occured roughly at 20:21:09 UT, the second 
    >  at 20:21:32 and the last at 20:21:51. More flashes were probably visible 
    >  but I was rushing back in the house to write down these observations 
    >  because I was bound to forget those numbers.
    >  
    >  The first flash was right (in azimuth) of Gamma and Epsilon Cygni, the 
    >  second in the triangle and the last just outside the triangle with the 
    >  satellite moving roughly parallell along Alpha and Gamma Cygni, heading 
    > North.
    >  
    >  The observation site was at 5151'54" N and 0510'25" E and -2 meters 
    >  elevation.
    >  
    >  The flash pattern was multiple. Per flash there was a bright (-3?) flash 
    >  followed with a lesser bright (-1?) one with in a second, seen on the last 
    >  two flashes.
    >  
    >  I hope someone can ID this sat.
    
    I haven't seen flash reports for this object, but Satellite Hunting (WGS-84 
    BTW) puts Cosmos 1437 rocket at the right place and time.
    
    Satellite Hunting output (edited to fit)
    
    Cosmos 1437 rocket -- COSPAR 13771 -- SL-3 R/B 1983-003B
    U.T.C.  Elev.   Azimuth Right Ascension Declination
    20:17:35    20 357 [N]    06h 47m 04s 59 05' 20.47"
    20:20:30    65 078 [E]    21h 04m 31s 49 28' 58.74"
    20:23:19    20 154 [S]    20h 11m 11s -16 23' 27.32"
    
    Cosmos 1437 r    3.8  2.6  0.0  5.1 v
    1 13771U 83003B   01226.74185217 +.00001632 +00000-0 +15077-3 0 07374
    2 13771 081.1618 114.7514 0038928 225.1124 134.6929 14.93537289005129
    
    Regards,
    Stephen
    http://stephen.fathom.org/sathunt.html
    
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