RE: Flaring satellite identification (Possible Cosmos 1733 flare)

From: Ted Molczan (
Date: Thu Jun 02 2011 - 02:02:57 UTC

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    Francisco Ocaña wrote:
    > I am trying to identify some brigth flares (-1) recorded while aiming a
    > wide field camera (60ºx40º) to 120ºESE, h=40º from Madrid ( 3.6833º W,
    > 40.4ºN), the 24th of April 2011 at 02:50TU (local time 04:50 GMT+2)
    > My best guess (thanks to Calsky) is Cosmos 1733 (16611). The track is in
    > good agreement with the positions of the flares imaged. However Calsky
    > states that the satellite is invisible because it is eclipsed.
    > It had entered the theoretical shadow less than 2-3 minutes earlier. Is
    > the identification ok? 
    IRS-P3 (96017A / 23827) was on a similar track, and entered eclipse about 02:51:40 UTC, near AZ 149, EL 31. How well
    does its predicted track match the image?
    Ted Molczan
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