Gorizont 14 (87-040A); some others

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Tue Feb 26 2002 - 04:46:06 EST

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    In spite of the moonlight, I found Gorizont 14 (17969) last 
    night not far from delta Virginis; PPAS report:
    87- 40 A 02-02-26 05:18:41.1 EC 1038.1 0.3  12 86.51  +5.5->inv
    
    Before that while still on campus I went out in twilight to 
    look for flashes from Orion 3 on its first pass but didn't 
    see any.  However, I did see a bright flare/glint from a 
    northbound satellite, which I later found was matched well 
    by a DMSP (95-015A, 23533), which has been reported also by 
    others recently.
    
    Cosmos 1980 (88-102A, 19649) did a -2 flash at about 1:28:37.5.
    
    I've noticed DS-1 Rk (25510) tumbling recently and got three
    cycles last night.  Its intrinsic magnitude seems brighter 
    than most Deltas.  PPAS:
    98- 61 C 02-02-26 01:06:24.3 EC  110.6 3.0   3 37     +2.5 max
    
    Iridium 24 (97-082B, 25105) keeps doing at least a few bright
    flashes on at least one pass each evening; usually at least 
    one of the flashes seems to be at least -6 magnitude.
    
    Intelsat 512 Rk (16102) from Saturday evening local time:
    85- 87 B 02-02-24 01:26:56.7 EC  104.4 0.5  25  4.17  mag +3.5->inv
    
    Locations for all of the above either UT Austin campus or 
    E. Ney Musuem grounds (approx. 30.30N, 97.73W, 150m).
    
    ETS 6 pass coming tonight (early Feb. 27 UTC).  A big bad 
    cold front is getting here -- our low Wednesday AM may be 
    -5 Celsius.  Chilly, moonlit satellite observing tonight!
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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