Re: Superbird A flashes observed

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Sun Dec 31 2006 - 00:47:24 EST

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    Kevin wrote:  "I was able to observe Superbird A ( 20040 ) tonight
    at around 3:09 UTC ( Dec 30 )".
    From here I watched it (a.k.a. 89-041A) for six minutes, from about
    2:59:39 until about 3:05:42 UTC.  It was pretty near Procyon (alpha
    CMi), to the northeast of that star maybe about three degrees.  I
    was at the Ney Museum site, using my 8x42 binoculars.  Its flash
    period seemed to be pretty close to 11.0 seconds.
    I was able easily to see one-power flashes from MDS 1 Fairing 2
    (02-003E, 28243) when its range was less than 900 miles (1440 km).
    Three or four objects went near the Moon and/or the Pleiades.
    Ed Cannon - Austin, Texas, USA
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