Progress M-44 flare seen

From: Edward S Light (edlight@juno.com)
Date: Mon Feb 26 2001 - 16:07:06 PST

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    The sky wasn't really dark enough, but we tried (and failed) to see the
    newly-
    launched Progress rocket (26714 = 01-008B) , and the Progress M-44 itself
    (26713 = 01-008A) - and were treated to a brief magnitude zero (i.e. like
    Rigel)
    flash.  This was at approximately Feb 26/23:26.6 UTC at an apparent
    altitude/azimuth of 23 degs/228 degs.
    
    Looking at our records, this is not totally unheard of ... we saw
    Progress M-33 (24663 = 96-066A) flash to about -1.5 magnitude, and
    Progress M1-4 (26615 = 00-073A) flash to about +0.5.  Too bad we were
    unable to see this Progress when not flashing.
    
    Clear and dark skies!
    
    Ed and Darlene Light
    Lakewood, New Jersey, USA
    40.1075N, 074.2312W, +24m (80 feet)
    
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