ETS 6 Watch 2000

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Tue Jan 11 2000 - 01:22:03 PST

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    Monday evening (local) I caught two separate one-power 
    flash episodes from ETS 6, one west of Orion and one as 
    it went south of Orion's belt.  A few of the brightest 
    primary flashes were brighter than Rigel, maybe -0.5.  
    I may have missed one or more of the beginning ones of 
    each episode:
    
     3:38:50.00 - 3:40:20.50 (8 cycles):  
      nine one-power flashes, primaries
    
     3:49:17.25 - 3:52:32.40 (17.25 cycles):  
      a bunch of primaries with quite a few of the 
      secondaries on the first quarter-period
    
    In each case they faded toward the end of the episode.  
    All of these were while it was very close to perigee, 
    which is 8,500 km.
    
    94- 56 A 00-01-11 03:57:26   EC 1519.8 2.8 134 11.34  mag +0.5->inv
    
    I used a large error value of 2.8 since I haven't yet 
    been able to eliminate a possible quarter-period error 
    in the timings.
    
    Observing location: approx. 30.31N, 97.73W, 150m.
    
    Next USA evening pass is Thursday (local time).
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    http://wwwvms.utexas.edu/~ecannon/satellite.htm
    
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