Re: Starshine 3

From: Daniel Deak (dan.deak@sympatico.ca)
Date: Thu Dec 12 2002 - 21:55:40 EST

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    ccarrington.cs@clearstream.com wrote:
    
    
    > Heavens above always has quite a high magnitude for the satellite, which I
    > presumed was the mag. when it wasn't reflecting back to an observer. Am I
    > mistaken, is mag. ~7 as bright a flash as it will produce?
    
    
    Hi Chris,
    
    I've seen Starshine 3 flash 3 times. The magnitude of the flashes were around +1 
    to 0. I'm quite sure its magnitude when not producing flashes is below +7. The 
    satellite body is painted in black and I've not been able to see it through my 
    20x80 binoculars. BTW, Starshine 3's life is coming to an end. Its decay is 
    predicted in January, so it's worth trying some last observations. It is not 
    spinning anymore, so the flashes are rare. The are easy to see naked eye.
    
    Dan
    
    -- 
    Daniel Deak
    representant, projet spatial Starshine
    L'Avenir, Quebec
    
    COSPAR site 1747 : 45.7275N, 72.3526W, 191 m., UTC-4:00
    
    Site en francais sur les satellites:
    French-language satellite web site : http://www.obsat.com
    
    
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