ETS 6 from SoCal

From: Matson, Robert (ROBERT.D.MATSON@saic.com)
Date: Tue Jan 11 2000 - 10:05:16 PST

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    Hi All,
    
    I, too, observered ETS-6 last night from Surfside, CA for
    several minutes.  The brightest flashes were brighter than
    Rigel (mag 0.18) and occurred as the satellite approached
    Orion from the west (about 19:44 PST 1/10 or 3:44 UT 1/11).
    By 3:46 UT the brightness had noticeably dropped, but the
    flashes were still easily visible with the unaided eye.
    
    As Ed and others have mentioned, there are secondary flashes
    that are also 1x visible, roughly 3 seconds after the primary
    flashes.  The basic period is around 11.3 seconds.  Next
    sequence for the U.S. is on Thursday night.
    
    For those interested in trying to see a minor planet, Pallas
    is shining at about magnitude +7.6 right now, east of Canis
    Major.  You can use SkyMap to locate it.  More challenging is
    the asteroid Iris which I managed to locate with 8 x 56 binocs
    at magnitude +8.5 in Cancer, just east of the 6.96-mag star
    HP #045111, HD #078969.   --Rob
    
    
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