Re: Bright IGS 1B Flare

From: Bjoern Gimle@GlocalNet (Gimle@GlocalNet)
Date: Tue Jul 01 2008 - 19:13:30 UTC

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    No  long research ; 1B has a drag - 1A is (on average) zero because of its 
    regular reboosts.
    1B has increased its MM due to decay - 1A is repeating its track every four 
    days.
    
    IGS 1A
    1 27698U 03009A   08177.89081342 0.00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0    05
    2 27698  97.3101 248.9964 0002000 320.9480  39.0518 15.26016469    01
    IGS 1B
    1 27699U 03009B   08179.18000607 0.00001800  00000-0  65791-4 0    06
    2 27699  97.3036 250.5681 0001000 339.6180  20.3819 15.28126004    03
    
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: "Gerhard HOLTKAMP" <grd.holtkamp@t-online.de>
    To: <SeeSat-L@satobs.org>
    Sent: Tuesday, July 01, 2008 8:10 PM
    Subject: Bright IGS 1B Flare
    
    
    >
    > Two nights ago I saw a very bright flare (mag -6 or better) by IGS 1B
    > (2003-009B) just after it had passed two degrees above Vega at about 
    > 20:58:25
    > UTC, 29-JUN-08). I was totally caught off guard by this flare. Having
    > expected nothing special I was watching with my binoculars but quickly put
    > them away lest I got blinded! The flare was similar to very bright Iridium
    > flares - lasting about as long.
    >
    > Just to save me an hour of research - does anyone of you know right away
    > whether IGS 1B is still operational (I remember vaguely that there was
    > something strange with IGS 1A or IGS 1B).
    >
    > Gerhard HOLTKAMP
    > Darmstadt, Germany
    > 49.8822 N, 8.6558 E
    >
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