Possible Telstar 401 obs. reported on newsgroup

Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Fri, 17 Dec 1999 20:44:23 -0600

There's a reported obs. on the newsgroup that very possibly was Telstar
401 (93-77A, 22927).  The observer, Steve Lalumondiere, apparently using 
10x binocs, was looking for Telstar 401 and found an object flashing to 
as bright as +3 every 200.9 seconds.  He found it at 21:57 Dec 15 PST 
(5:57 Dec 16 UTC) and timed it for over an hour.  He gave his location 
as 33.820 N, 118.316 W, ~29 m.  He reported that at some point during 
the obs. it began to display two flashes separated by 5 seconds -- most 
interesting!  I'm hoping to try to look for it later tonight, but it may 
be that it's only visible now from the western USA.  Here are recent 
elements:

Telstar 401   
1 22927U 93077A   99349.41567858 -.00000106  00000-0  00000+0 0  2952
2 22927   2.2477  84.1352 0007476 208.0530 200.5703  1.00259621 21502

I've made a small page about ways to access the newsgroup via the Web 
(at least three sites) or NNTP server:

 http://wwwvms.utexas.edu/~ecannon/newsgroup.htm 

Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA

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