PPAS reports and a distant flashing surprise

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Fri Aug 26 2005 - 03:53:52 EDT

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    These are from the last three evenings:
    
    21426, Molniya 1-81 -- some double flashes --
    91- 43 A 05-08-24 02:23:42   EC  201.0 0.5  10 20.10  
    
    21533, Gorizont 23 --
    91- 46 A 05-08-24 04:27:45   EC  829.6 0.1  13 63.82  +5.0->i
    
    23420, Molniya 1-88 --
    94- 81 A 05-08-25 02:23:22   EC  179.0 0.2  23  7.78  
    
    13124, Cosmos 1348 -- tricky one, low in the WSW, needs 
    bigger binoculars in order to see more flashes --
    82- 29 A 05-08-25 04:07:26   EC   59.4 1.0   2 29.7   +5.0->i
    timings:  2.64, 26.59, 3.69, 26.43
    
    28353, Cosmos 2406 Rk --
    04- 21 B 05-08-26 03:08:19   EC   97.2 1.0   8 12.1   +3.0->i
    
    22788, UFO 2 Rk --
    93- 56 B 05-08-26 03:26:16   EC  163.8 2.0  18  9.1   +3.0->i
    
    12069, Fleetsatcom 4 Rk -- a couple of odd secondary flashes --
    80- 87 B 05-08-26 03:42:34   EC  179.0 0.3  11 16.27  +4.0->i
    
    28452, Fengyun 2C Rk -- nice one! (tricky at full phase) --
    04- 42 B 05-08-26 04:21:41   EC  224.9 0.2 106  2.121 +3.5->i
    
    PPAS format: http://www.satobs.org/tumble/flashpm.html#PPASformat
    
    I'll supply more detailed timings to anyone interested.
    
    Distant flashing surprise --
    Wednesday evening Mike was re-pointing his telescope at Polaris
    and nearby saw a flash, then two more.  The object was moving 
    very slowly.  Some of the flashes were as bright as +6, not 
    hard with my 8x42 binoculars.  It was Viking (86-019B, 16614) 
    at a distance of about 9,000 miles (14,400 km)!  The few clicks 
    I got were at 4:11-12 August 25 UTC.  Summer of 2004 one some
    passes it did some zero magnitude flashes (from much closer,
    of course).
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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