Re: Two Rapid flashers - not found by my software

Yoshiro Yamada (yamada@ysc.go.jp)
Tue, 30 Jun 1998 15:05:19 +0900

> From: Terry Pundiak <terrypun@fast.net>
> Subject: Two Rapid flashers - not found by my software
> 
> Tonight I happened upon two flashing satellites not on my list of
> sats-to-see tonight and I can't match the sightings with my list of
> Molczan tle's using Orbitrack search mode.  Perhaps, someone with
> fancier software could figure out what they were.
> 
> Both were rapidly flashing - much less than 1 flash per second. The
> flashes were as bright as 0 or -1 magnitude, I believe.   Both were
> moving quickly like LEO satellites would, and moving South to North.
> They both flashed in a similar way and, actually, both reminded me of
> Iridium 11.  They were perhaps magnitude 5 or 6 when not flashing.
> 
> The first was sighted at 2:09:40 UTC at 135 deg azimuth and 40 deg
> elevation; another sighting was 2:10:45 UTC at 90 deg azimuth at 80 deg
> elevation.   
> 
> The second was seen 4 degrees East of the North Star (40 deg) at 2:31:50
> UTC.
> 
> Anyone have a clue what satellites these may have been?
>   
> -- 
> 
> Terry Pundiak, M.D.
> N3BDC
> Easton, PA
> lat 40.693389 N, long 75.26615 W

Your Candidates:

1st object: 81059A (flashing object)
2nd object: 66041F, 93061A (often reported +4 steady)


1 12553U 81059A   98166.19587071 +.00000021 +00000-0 +32489-4 0 0913
2 12553 098.6676 229.6920 0012302 015.6546 344.5003 14.1593800687641

1  4555U 66041F   98166.14515001 +.00000614 +00000-0 +28798-3 0 0569
2  4555 090.1337 231.1521 0064604 293.6116 065.8301 14.1824582295864

1 22823U 93061A   98166.14149912 -.00000043 +00000-0 +00000-0 0 0822
2 22823 098.6717 236.6330 0018403 107.5938 252.7262 14.1705739024437

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Yoshiro Yamada                            | tel    : +81-45-832-1166
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