Unknown flasher

From: gprichard (gprichard@vtown.com.au)
Date: Sun Feb 01 2009 - 13:31:43 UTC

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    Observing from 32.86S, 151.7E at 1010UT on 02Feb09 I observed a flash
    with the unaided eye just north of zeta Taurus. Using 10x50 binoculars I
    observed subsequent flashes with a period of approximately 7 seconds.
    The visible part of the period was well below 1 second with no
    brightening or fading. Several cycles were required to determine that
    the object was moving from west to east. At 1018 the object was still
    within the original binocular field. At 1035, as the object approached
    eta Gemini, the object dropped below binocular visibility after
    gradually fading as it moved east. Only the bright part of the period
    was visible.
        Can anyone assist in identifying this object?
            Newcastle, Australia
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