Superbird A is back

From: Matson, Robert (
Date: Tue Aug 28 2001 - 10:43:05 PDT

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    Hi All,
    Don Gardner asked about an estimated flash window for Superbird A
    for Ulhas Deshpande in central India.  Alas, Ulhas is out of luck:
    Superbird A's flash tracks have already passed India.  Indeed, I've
    been so busy with other projects that I forgot all about posting
    return predictions for Europe.  So this message exchange has served
    as a wake-up call.
    Europe: the show has already started!  Superbird A is already
    putting on its nightly flash show for all of western Europe, Africa
    and the UK.  (Actually, early morning).
    Tomorrow morning (Aug 29) I show European flashes starting at the
    Rock of Gibraltar at 3:06 UT and sweeping their way northeast to
    Denmark at 3:19.  I show Paris peaking at 3:13, most of Italy and
    Switzerland at 3:14, London and Brussels at 3:15, the Netherlands,
    Germany and Austria at 3:16, and Edinburgh at 3:17.  As usual,
    these times are approximate contingent on a well-behaved
    rotation axis over the last 2 1/2 months.  So start looking
    10 minutes early to allow for errors in my modeling of the
    axis precession.  Once observed and reported, I can update the
    axis position, and we'll be back to 1-minute accuracy on nearterm
    A recent elset:
    Superbird A      2.4  2.6  2.2  6.2 d  4.6
    1 20040U 89041A   01226.00735297 -.00000088  00000-0  10000-3 0  3009
    2 20040   7.7705  50.7725 0003509 101.7311 258.4155  0.99740477 43960
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