Re: flare from unknown satellite

Ron Lee (ronlee@pcisys.net)
Wed, 28 Jan 1998 18:31:14 -0700

>> From: Tristan Cools <tcools@nic.INbe.net>
>> Yesterday Jan 26 at 18:49:58UTC I saw a flare from an unknown satellite,
mag
>> +2 for approximately 4s close to Betelgeuse(alpha Ori).
>> I couldn't keep track of the satellite because it disappeared.  It went
>> through the constellation of Orion between Betelgeuse and Bellatrix(gamma
>> Ori) but much closer to Betelgeuse and going down the constellation.
>> Location was at Rijckevelde.(see below)
>> I couldn't find a match in the Molczan or Elem file.
>> 
>> Observing at:

>> Rijckevelde: 3.2867E/51.2054N
>
>The following elset fits the above obs.
>
>Transit 13
>1 02176U 66041A   98023.11234687 +.00000257 +00000-0 +16330-3 0 07917
>2 02176 090.1559 240.3683 0080526 081.4412 279.5881 13.99701256614503
>
>-------------------
>Yoshiro Yamada                            | tel    : +81-45-832-1166
>Astronomy Section                         | fax    : +81-45-832-1161
>      Yokohama Science Center             | e-mail : yamada@ysc.go.jp
>5-2-1 Yokodai Isogo-ku                    | lat.   : 35d22'26" N
>Yokohama 235, JAPAN                       | long.  :139d35'52" E
>
>
My program shows this satellite coming out of shadow around Betelgeuse.

My first thought is that it may not match the position well.  But Tristan
can answer that. On the other hand, I have seen a similarly bright flare
from a Transit about a month ago.

Ron Lee