Galaxy 11 flares

From: Kevin Fetter (
Date: Fri Jun 04 2010 - 20:13:55 UTC

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    Comparing Marco's observation, to the person in russia, that the same antenna surface was resposible for what both observed, that is from the larger antenna on Galaxy 11. 
    This flare occured after the satellite passed opposition for the night, ie reach 12 hours in R.A from the sun. The other larger antena, would cause a flare, before the satellite reached opposition for the night.
    Just keep an eye on it, and when the sun get's back to the same declination, as it was in May, when it was observed flaring brightly, then it should again, cause a nice light show. That's unless they adjust the attitude of the satellite, which will have an effect on the flare.
    This statement, is based on my lots of observing of Intelsat 1R, a satellite that is the same series as Galaxy 11.
    Also keep an eye out for a flare, caused by the smaller antenna, on the sat.
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