Superbird A has returned

From: Leo Barhorst (leobarhorst@zonnet.nl)
Date: Wed Feb 21 2001 - 19:44:50 PST

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    Superbird has returned.
    This morning I was able to observe Superbird A low in the south east.
    I missed the beginning of the flash cycle, due to looking for the sat
    and some small cloud patches. But suddenly, FLASH, there she was!!
    Several secondary flashes were seen at mag 6, some were fainter and 
    not timed. From flash 8 till 12 no secomdary flashes visible.
    Last time I saw Superbird A was Sep 27, 2000 and then the period was 
    11.44 sec.
    
    I also report here a UNID seen Feb 15th. Bjorn and Mike were so kind
    ID this sat as 79- 5 B. Last seen flashing by Bram Borreman in 1983.
    In the nineties only observed as S, mag 5 in 1991 getting brighter
    to mag 1 in 1996. Mike reported that ED has seen it flashing.
    
    79-  5 B 01-02-15 18:43:59   LB   81.2 0.2   6 13.53  AA, 3->7
    89- 41 A 01-02-22 03:01:15.17LB  137.1 0.2  12 11.43  FfF, 3(6)->i
    
    Superbird A obs
        Time UT      Delta T
    0   02:58:58.07  0
    1      59:09.47  11.40
    2         20.83  11.36
    4         43.74  22.91
    5         55.28  11.54
    6   03:00:06.64  11.36
    8         29.54  22.90
    10        52.43  22.89
    12  03:01:15.17  22.74
    
    
    Greetings and clear, dark skies
    Leo Barhorst Medemblik                135 obs in 2001
    52.767 N  5.09 E  2 m ASL        11151 obs in PPAS
    
    
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