Superbird A update

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Wed Jul 12 2006 - 04:35:39 EDT

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    Tuesday evening (July 12 UTC) I watched Superbird A (89-041A, 
    20040) from about 3:12:50 until 3:19:17.  Its flash episode 
    went quite close to, if not across, M16, just a little west 
    of gamma Scuti.  Its brightest flashes were about magnitude 
    +4.0 for sure, maybe a few of them were brighter.  Its episode 
    begins a minute or two later per night, depending on where you
    are.  It's the most predictable of the short-episode flashing
    geosynchs.  Right now TDF 2 (90-063A, 20705) and Intelsat 512
    (85-087A, 16101) are both passing over the Americas, and both 
    can give one-power flashes, but it's been a long time since 
    I've seen either of them.  But when Superbird A comes around, 
    for years now, it's there doing its thing just as expected.
    Ed Cannon - Austin, Texas, USA
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