Superbird A 12/17 flash report

From: Matson, Robert (ROBERT.D.MATSON@saic.com)
Date: Mon Dec 18 2000 - 14:03:28 PST

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    Hi All,
    
    Had exceptionally clear skies early last night (Sunday, Dec. 17)
    thanks to Santa Ana conditions in southern California.  This allowed
    me to acquire and time Superbird A (#20040) flashes at an elevation
    angle of only 7.3 degrees -- the lowest I've ever seen it.  Range
    was over 41,000 km, but flashes still reached about magnitude 3.5.
    Phase transition occurred around 8:19pm PST (4:19 UT, 12/18/2000).
    Flash period was 22.873 +/- .013 seconds (2 sigma).  PPAS report
    follows:
    
    From Newport Coast, CA [33.6028 N, 117.8263 W, 200m]
    COSPAR # 8733
    
    Superbird A (#20040):
    89- 41A 00-12-18 04:20:52.0  RM 263.04 0.15 11.5 22.873  mag +3.5 --> inv
    
    
    
    
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