atlas centaur 2AS appear steady, observed more flashing from Molyina 1-88

From: Kevin Fetter (
Date: Tue Jul 12 2005 - 23:14:12 EDT

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    Last night, I did a search to see which atlas centaur rockets would pass by.
    I saw that 28253 would be pass by, a area of sky near 180 degrees from the sun, ie difference of
    12 hours R.A
    So I thought, ah lots of light to reflect off it's body, like what happens to the milstars. 
    So at around 4:52 UTC ( July 12 ) I was observing the right area, and spotted it on the tv screen.
    It was around mag 8 and appeared to be steady. I didn't notice any flashing.
    I plan to watch it again tonight, around the same area of sky. That's if the sky impoves. It been
    hazy, wrecking the view.
    I then observed bright flashes from Molyina 1-88, between roughly 5:45 to 6:00 UTC. It flashes
    early every night, at least that what I get from observing it, on 5 different night now.
    It was flashing near a magnitude 3.3 star called alf her. 
    RA (J2000.0): 17 14 38.86
    declination +14 23 24.9
    It flashes around there were at least as bright as mag 5.
    44.6062 N
    75.6910 W
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