Anik F1 also seen flaring last night

From: Kevin Fetter (
Date: Tue Jan 17 2006 - 08:32:21 EST

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    I first observed the PAS 1R ( 26608 ) geo sat flare at around 
    ( 3:04 UTC ) Jan 17. It was around 8 h 1 m R.A -6 deg 33 min Dec
    Then latter at around 7:38 UTC, I observed ANIK F1 ( 26624 ) also flaring. I didn't see the ANIK
    F1R parked beside it flare up. ANIK F1R is not a boeing HS702 series of satellite.
    I also didn't see the Galaxy 3C ( 27445 ) flare up either.
    Galaxy 3C is a boeing HS702 series of spacecraft, without the  solar concentrators.
    PAS 1R has the solar concentrators, so did ANIF F1. 
    So I beleive that the solar concentrators, are so far the source of the flares. 
    I didn't see XM1 are XM2 flare up, they have the solar concentrators. They are more distant from
    me, so that has to be factored in.
    The orientation of the satellite, I would think would effect the flaring brightness.
    I plan to keep on oberving the HS702 series of satellite, to see what effect what the angle the
    sun to the satellite has.
    Interesting, at least to me
    While observing the geo sat's on the tv, I was talking to ted molzan using Skype
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