ETS 6, long event

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Sun Feb 08 2004 - 05:48:49 EST

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    Last night I found ETS 6 (94-056A, 23230) flashing about 
    +5 to +6 at about 2:43 (RA 7:30) and followed it for over 
    30 minutes to about RA 10:00, where it faded out due to 
    extinction and/or cirrus clouds.  In the last few minutes 
    before it faded out, some of the flashes were visible 
    without binoculars, the brightest about +2 I suppose.  
    The range at the time was about 15,000 km.  I kind of 
    wonder if it was visible in the eastern hemisphere at the 
    same time.  PPAS:
    94- 56 A 04-02-08 02:57:32   EC  860.8 0.2 100  8.608 +2->inv
    OAO 3 (Copernicus, 72-065A, 06153) flared to at least -2
    if not -3 in the NNE.
    ISS passed above Venus on its second pass, but I missed
    the first one as it was very early in twilight.
    There's a report (four positions) of an unid with a 
    5-second flash period, by a UK NEO observer here (no 
    registration required to read it):
    "VFMO" means "very fast moving object" to minor planet
    observers.  Tony Beresford confirmed it as unid, not found 
    in the alldat.tle file.
    OT:  We saw comet 2002 T7 in Mike's scope, in spite of the 
    conditions (cirrus, but a few minute before moonrise).   
    Previous two weeks and last night, I haven't yet been able
    to see it with binoculars.
    BCRC site:  30.315N, 97.866W, 280m.
    Ed Cannon - - Austin, Texas, USA
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