Milstar 6 flare and DELTA 4 R/B observations

From: Kevin Fetter (kfetter@yahoo.com)
Date: Mon Aug 23 2004 - 02:32:22 EDT

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    I first observed milstar 6 flare up to brighter then mag 7. I beleive it's being caused by the
    kapton material covering the main body of the satellite. I have observed it for quite awhile, and
    seen it in binoculars quite easily. I also observed other geo sat's nearby, and they were faint,
    and couldn't dectect them on the tv, while milstar 6 was a peice of cake on the tv, and in the eye
    peice. I could be wrong, on why I think it flares up.
    
    Pictures of the Milstar's
    
    http://lmms.external.lmco.com/photos/military_space/milstar/milstar.html
    
    Video showing what there orientation in space is like.
    
    http://www.spaceflightnow.com/titan/b41/010222milstaranim_qt.html
    
    I then latter observed the unclassfd Delta 4 R/B
    
    DELTA 4 R/B
    1 27555U 02051B   04234.53909802 -.00000024  00000-0  16635-3 0  3020
    2 27555  14.0691 324.1116 7126376 304.0127   7.7684  2.35193652 15053
    
    As it passed a bright( mag 6.2 mag ) star at 
    
    RA (J2000.0): 01 37 37.56
    declination -09 24 14.6
    
    At around 6:11 UTC ( Aug 23 )
    It was around mag 10, give are take. It was very faint. It was over 10,000 km away at the time.
    
    Kevin
    
    
    
    
    		
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