Hipparcos one-power flashes!

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Wed Dec 24 2003 - 01:59:32 EST

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    Mike and a guest and I were able to see without magnification a 
    number of flashes from Hipparcos (89-062B, 20169) low in our 
    SSE, when it was (from memory) very roughly around RA 3:00-4:15, 
    Dec -29 to -31.  Its range was a little less than 5000 km.
    Cosmos 1030 (78-083A, 11015) continues to do a good series of 
    one-power flashes low in the SSW as it heads south towards 
    perigee just a few minutes earlier each night.  Earlier in the 
    pass it is too faint for my binoculars.
    Superbird A (89-041A, 20040) -- I was able to see a few of its
    flashes without binoculars, but they weren't easy, when it was
    near RA 2:35.  The sky was superb for a suburban site, with
    the winter Milky Way faintly visible from Cygnus to Cassiopeia.
    DSP USA 39 (89-046A, 20066) was seen flashing "early", a few
    minutes before 4:00 UTC, about +7.0 at brightest.
    UARS (91-063B, 21701), well below Polaris, flared to +1.0.
    The above were early December 24 UTC.  The previous evening 
    we saw unexpectedly a several seconds long very bright flare 
    from OAO 3 (Copernicus, 72-065A, 06153) in the middle of the 
    Summer Triangle (Vega, Deneb, Altair).  
    BCRC observing site: 30.315N, 97.866W, 280m.
    To whom it may concern:  Happy Holiday(s)!
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
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