obs of Luch flashing

From: Ed Cannon (edcannonsat@yahoo.com)
Date: Fri Aug 25 2006 - 04:10:56 EDT

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    Due to an RA and Dec interpolation miscalculation, I accidentally
    found a flashing geosynch that turned out not to be the one I 
    had intended to look for.  The one that was actually observed 
    was Luch (94-082A, 24038).  (Thanks very much to Mike for the 
    rapid ID!)  I had times on it from about 5:13 until about 6:04 
    UTC -- a long time.  It was flashing to about +5.0 (possibly 
    +4.5) every 88 seconds.  Here is a PPAS report:
    
    94- 82 A 06-08-25 05:49:38   EC  968.1 0.3  11 88.01  +5.0->i
    
    Didn't see Orion 3 tonight due to too much competition (a NOSS
    trio and USA 129, plus an unid that crossed with the NOSS trio) 
    -- and its predictions were on the next page, and I didn't turn 
    the page until after it was too late to see its bright flashes.
    
    Watched Superbird A (89-041A, 20040) with my 12x60 from about 
    4:00 until at least 4:06 UTC, when the satellite was near and 
    in an easy triangle asterism at RA 15:00, Dec -9 (2000).  It's 
    getting pretty low in the west-southwest now.
    
    Lacrosse 5 (05-016A, 28646) was very bright for its entire pass
    until it went into the Earth's shadow.
    
    Cosmos 1461 (83-044A, 14064) was exceptionally bright -- 
    predicted +3.0 but was +1.0 or brighter for much of the pass.
    
    Very pretty sky -- one of the evenings when we can see the 
    Milky Way from BCRC: 30.315N, 97.866W, 280m.
    
    Ed Cannon - Austin, Texas, USA
    
    
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