Re: 4541 obs of unk sat.

From: Tony Beresford (
Date: Mon Jan 24 2005 - 20:44:02 EST

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    At 07:32 PM 23/01/05, Alberto Rango wrote:
    >Yesterday, 22 Jan 2005, while I was awaiting for 03 005D pass, 
    >I saw a  short but very clear flash mg about +6.5. After several
    >seconds another flash. That was disturbing my waiting for 03 005D,
    >however I managed to keep two positional times with my chrono.
    >It was flashing every 43s.6.
    >No chance of identification making use of elsets in my posession. 
    What Albert saw was the abandoned communications satellite
    Gorizont 14, 1987 40A , #17969. The flash period is quite typical
    of such objects. This one wasn't on my list of such objects.
    Quite a number of Gorizont satellites have been observed to flash.
    Tony Beresford
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