Re: KMS-4 Flare Prediction

From: Björn Gimle via Seesat-l <>
Date: Tue, 16 Feb 2016 14:10:12 +0100
In my terminology a flare is a slow event, caused from an object
permanently oriented relative to Earth horizon, Sun or stars, or an object
rotating very slowly.

In other cases I call it glint or flash - if the object is spinning on an
axis which precesses less than  a few degrees/day these can only be
predicted to occur somewhere along a "circle" in the sky, but not where and
when if the satellite moves faster than its spin rate. And if it is
tumbling, like KMS-4 may be, flashes appear to be random.

Björn Gimle, COSPAR 5919
59.2617 N, 18.6169 E, 51 m
Satellite observation formats described:

2016-02-16 6:36 GMT+01:00 Greg Roberts via Seesat-l <>:

> As far as I know this satellite has not yet been observed
> by amateurs so there is no data to work on. I have partial
> passes before shadow entry but due to cloudy weather
> and laziness I have not yet observed it.  Maybe soon :-))
> Good luck
> Greg
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