anomalously bright?

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Wed Jun 08 2005 - 04:41:32 EDT

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    This is similar to Ed Light's question the other day about 
    Helios 1B.  I looked up to see Timation 2 Rk (69-082AB, 
    04159).  I saw a very bright object that reached at least 
    zero magnitude and stayed visible without binoculars for a 
    couple of minutes.  This was quite a bit like some Topex 
    passes.  It crossed some good areas, so I got two pretty 
    good positions.  My location was Ney Museum, 30.307N, 97.727W, 
    150m.  The date is 2005/06/08 UTC; coordinates are epoch 2000.  
    
    3:19:32.1 13:25:13.5 +55.0 (It "hit" Alcor, 80 UMa).
    3:20:41.8 15:01:20.0 +73.5 (estimated, bowl of Little Dipper)
    
    It also passed very near (west of) Cor Caroli at about 3:18:45.
    
    It seems to be a good match with 69-082AB.  But I wonder if 
    it may be unusual for that object to be so bright.  I checked 
    several of Russell's 6908226 reports as well as the PPAS 
    database, where there was one report of it being +3 I believe.
    
    I found 90007 flashing about 25 minutes earlier than a week ago.
    
    NOSS 3-3 pair (05-004 A and C, 28537 and 28541) were visible
    without binoculars from near Spica to near Arcturus. 
    
    I had a prediction for a -8.5 Iridium flare.  I was glad that 
    I noticed in advance that it was Iridium 16, which was discussed
    here recently.  I saw nothing.
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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