very bright flashing geosynch

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Sun Jun 18 2006 - 20:28:01 EDT

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    Last night I saw one flashing brighter than Spica at about 3:27-37 
    UTC (June 18 UTC, Saturday evening June 17 Central Time).  The 
    flash period was about 83 or 84 seconds (wristwatch only).  I'm 
    not sure which one it was out of the following likely candidates 
    (didn't have binoculars; didn't have stopwatch -- was just simply
    watching a bright pass of 04882, 71-006B, Intelsat 402 Rk, a nice
    flashing Centaur, and saw this geosynch flash):
    22927 93-077A Telstar 401 
    15677 85-035A GSTAR 1
    Less likely, seems farther away from where it seemed to be:
    19483 88-081A GSTAR 3
    Still farther away:
    08746 76-023A LES 8
    It was several degrees north of Jupiter and northeast of Spica.
    Tonight if it's clear I'll have my binoculars and stopwatch out!
    I'm in San Antonio, Texas, for the Father's Day weekend.
    Ed Cannon - Austin, Texas, USA
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