Lacrosse 5 and Envisat

From: John Locker (
Date: Wed Aug 22 2007 - 19:02:12 EDT

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    Typical , as STS 118 comes to an end the skies here over the UK open up !
    So ...tonights targets were Envisat ,2111 GMT
    which showed  a nice gold satellite body with single blue array...
    and Lacrosse 5 making a 52 deg pass from the west.
    Predicted  3rd magnitude , at 21;26;39 GMT it flared for about 5 seconds to 
    mag 1 or brighter
    The animation at spans 
    four seconds
    as the satellite flared and in the final frame we see the now familiar 
    double array
    There was no disappearance , however , I was unable to see the bird much 
    below 35 degs in the eastern sky.
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