Superbird A - 2 December 2003

From: Mir16609@aol.com
Date: Mon Dec 01 2003 - 23:51:33 EST

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    In PPAS Format:
    89-041 A 03-12-02 03:16:36.42JDG 583.8 0.3  26 22.45  +7.5->inv
    89-041 A 03-12-02 03:32:41.35JDG 527.4 0.3  47 11.22  -1.0->inv
    
    The phase shift was around 03:27:30 UTC.
    
    I wanted to see if I could observe the entire "phantom surface" and phase 
    shift flash cycles.  I started observing Superbird A at 02:40 UTC and saw no 
    flashes until 03:06:52 UTC. I observed no double flashes.
    
    I'm convinced that if the surface that yields the bright flashes first is the 
    "A" surface and the second surface that yields bright flashes is the "B" 
    surface, then the "phantom surface" is the "B" surface.
    
    Flash times for tonight's observation may be found here:
    http://www.geocities.com/iss25544/sba20031202.txt
    
    Superbird A 
    1 20040U 89041A   03326.08454206 -.00000273  00000-0  10000-3 0  4511
    2 20040   9.1635  46.1342 0005993 125.0165 234.9351  0.99748594 52243
    
    -- 
    Cheers,
    Don Gardner  39.1799 N, 76.8406 W, 100m ASL
    http://hometown.aol.com/mir16609/
    http://www.howardastro.org/
    
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