Flaring Kosmos 2403 (28114, 2003-056C), a GLONASS member

From: Bram Dorreman (bram.dorreman@gmail.com)
Date: Mon Aug 13 2007 - 22:05:49 EDT

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    On August 4th, after returning at about local midnight
    from a busy shopping day, we stayed outside the house,
    as the sky was so beautiful.
    
    I was looking in the direction of Capricorn and I thought
    I saw an extra star. After a while it was not there any more
    so I decided that I was wrong.
    After another while I saw an extra star again, a little
    displaced with respect to my previous "observation".
    I could follow it for several minutes while it was moving
    up and left. By making a position/time combination I was able
    to identify this mag +4 object as the one mentioned
    in the subject of this e-mail.
    
    To be completely certain I predicted this satellite for the
    night after. I determined when it had about the same azimuth.
    
    And, yes, on the 5th, 1 hour and 23 minutes before the time
    of the day before I found that object at the predicted place.
    Its magnitude +3.8.
    So now I was sure it was this GLONASS member. The azimuth was
    about 180 degrees different from that of the Sun.
    And elevation was about the same as Sun's
    elevation but different in sign.
    
    Site 4160: 51.27931 N, 5.47683 E (WGS84), 35 m
    Bram Dorreman
    
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