Intelsat 512

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Sat Dec 21 2002 - 05:45:19 EST

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    Thanks very much to Björn Gimle's suggestion on where 
    to look, last night I was able to observe Intelsat 512 
    (16101).  It was 5:49:45-5:55:27 UTC, approximately RA 
    8:51-8:56 (2000).  The brightest flashes might have been 
    +4.0; it was tricky to judge them with the moonlight and 
    very thin cirrus.  It's quite similar to Superbird A 
    (89-041A, 20040), just rotating somewhat more slowly.  
    I think it flashes about 12-13 minutes later each night.
    Here's a PPAS report:
    
    85- 87 A 02-12-21 05:55:27.2 EC  341.9 0.2  20 17.09  +4.5->inv
    
    Site was E. Ney Museum grounds, 30.307N, 97.727W, 150m.
    
    Earlier, 3:51:25 to 3:58:00, I watched Superbird A from 
    outside my apartment.
    
    Earlier than that was a pair of flares from Iridium 19,
    antenna followed by much brighter solar panel, and soon
    after than Iridium 51 "?" was visible about +2 or +3 for
    almost a minute it seemed.
    
    First was another easy, impressive pass of UFO 2 Rk 
    (22788, 93-056B).  I also managed to see USA 102 (23031,
    94-071B) using binoculars; its flashes were fairly 
    bright for it being low in the WNW.
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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