Re: UNID Geosync oddball

Rainer Kracht (r.kracht@elmshorn.netsurf.de)
Sun, 6 Jun 1999 13:30:08 +2

> Date:          Sun, 06 Jun 1999 01:54:51 -0400
> From:          Eric Vondra <evondra@usaor.net>
> To:            SeeSat-L <seesat-l@blackadder.lmsal.com>
> Subject:       UNID Geosync oddball

> My brother, an experienced observer,  made an unusual observation
> from Pittsburgh (40.4N 80W, 380m) at 0100 UT June 6. In bright
> twilight, he casually looked up after getting off the bus and a
> bright "star" caught his eye at approx. azimuth 240, declination
> +5-10 deg. (below where Regulus should have been, but the sky was to
> bright to locate Regulus--only 14 min. after sunset). It was -3 mag.
> for about 1 to 1-1/2 minutes then dropped instantaneously, as if it
> were a light bulb being switched off, to the naked eye limit (maybe
> 2nd mag. in that sky?) for about 10-15 seconds, then faded
> gradually. He was observing with the unaided eye only. 

> Could this have been Gorizont 23? Any more likely candidates? 

80-74A (GOES 4) was there

80074A   
1 11964U 80074A   99149.65657536 -.00000056 +00000-0 +10000-3 0 02152
2 11964 012.3261 031.8954 0036303 203.6607 156.0948 00.99227885029595

 Rainer