Re: unid flare

Mir16609@aol.com
Wed, 24 Feb 1999 23:04:46 EST

In a message dated 2/24/99 10:51:02 PM Eastern Standard Time, tmackenz@mta.ca
writes:

> 	I saw a flare from out side my Sackville apartment tonight while
>  setting up my telescope.  It was at 23:13 UT (7:13pm local) bearing NNE at
>  5-10d altitude heading slowly (? 0.2d per second) and almost horizontally
>  toward the NNW (i.e. retrograde-ish).  It caught my eye by leaping forth
>  from behind a rooftop of the house across the street, and it travelled,
>  peaking at 0 or brighter, for about 10-15 seconds until dimming to
>  invisible.  I have tentatively got it as MOS 1-B (20491/90013D), but it was
>  supposed to be nearly 9th mag.  What would make this sat flare by 9+ mag's?
>  Is it something else?  I only checked with the current molczan.tle.
>  -t

Landsat strikes again.   Landsats 4 and 5 will produce unexpected flares even
at low elevations. 

Landsat 4        4.0  2.0  3.7  5.6 d            706 x 699
1 13367U 82072A   99055.13232402 +.00000737 +00000-0 +17447-3 0 03193
2 13367 098.3910 104.8589 0004406 170.4978 189.6294 14.57010404883539

This seems to fit your description of the pass.

Cheers.
Don Gardner
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