Midas 9 (02481, 66-089A) spectacular

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Sun Aug 28 2005 - 04:17:43 EDT

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    A few evenings ago I was looking without binoculars for a 
    bright Long March and saw a couple of bright flashes that
    turned out to be from Midas 9 (02481, 66-089A).  Earlier 
    tonight there was another pass at a range of over 2,300
    miles (3,680 km).  It did a series of +1 magnitude 
    flashes, at RA 19:27 to 19:22, Dec +30 to +18; the time 
    was about 3:19:20 to 3:21:30 August 28 UTC.  I forgot to 
    take my stopwatch (first time in years) and don't know if 
    the flashes were regular (which they were not the other 
    evening), but they were roughly 15 to 30 seconds apart.  
    Some were sharp double flashes.  This and the other night
    were both from BCRC: 30.315N, 97.866W, 280m.
    Usually Midases are a good test for me of a good evening.
    If I can see one near the zenith from the BCRC site with 
    8x42 binoculars, the weather is very nice -- and no 
    moonlight.  But sometimes they are very surprising.
    In looking for an image of this satellite, I found that 
    it's called Midas 12 or "RTS-1 3" on Gunter Krebs' web 
    site.  In a SeeSat-L message it was called "Midas RTS-1 F3".
    In the same search for an image I found an academic site 
    that has images of many satellites on postage stamps:
    Lost satellite?  I wonder what happened to Cosmos 2217 
    (22189, 92-069A)?  The last elset is from day 182 of this 
    year.  (It was just an accident that I noticed that it's 
    lacking recent elements.)  I guess that SCC lost it....
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
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