SUPERBIRD OBSERVATION

Jay Respler (jrespler@injersey.com)
Tue, 18 Mar 1997 21:57:45 -0500 (EST)

Mostly cloudy. Sky visible at times through thinner patches.
1st saw flash through hole in clouds at 1021 pm EST
No flash visisble a couple of minutes earlier, before clouds rolled in.
Period 12 sec till 1024.  Period 11 1/2 sec till 1027.
Period 23 1/2 sec till last flash at 1029.
Brightest flashes about mag 4.
Flashes started getting fainter about 10:24:30
Used 20x80 binoculars reaching mag 8-9.

   40.283  74.233  129.      JAY RESPLER           1950 13.0  8  
*** 1997 MAR 15/16   SAT EVENING/SUN MORNING  *** TIMES ARE EST
Hrs Min  Alt Azi  Mag    Hgt    R  A    Dec  Range
 
NCT 20040 Superbird A                M 3.5 ELDY 11 M2   -1
 10  18   33 234 12.1  22327   7  2.7  -1.8  23934
 10  20   33 234 12.1  22327   7  4.6  -1.7  23932
 10  22   33 234 12.1  22327   7  6.6  -1.7  23931
 10  24   33 234 12.1  22327   7  8.6  -1.7  23930
 10  26   33 234 12.1  22327   7 10.6  -1.6  23929
 10  28   33 234 12.1  22327   7 12.6  -1.6  23928
 10  30   33 234 12.1  22327   7 14.6  -1.6  23927



Jay Respler
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