Re: New Geosync flasher discovered by Ed Cannon

Mike McCants (mikem@freeside.fc.net)
Sun, 29 Mar 1998 10:19:13 -0600 (CST)

Last night, March 28, 1998, at about 9:50PM CST, I was able to
find the new Geosync flasher after a short search.  It was very
close to the predicted position.

At 4:04:02.5 UT Mar. 29, 1998, the satellite passed the same
place that it had been at 4:08:03.8 UT Mar 28.  This gives
a mean motion that is quite close to geosynchronous and the
following elset:

Unknown
1 98001U          98 88.03474135  .00000000  00000-0  00000+0 0    00
2 98001   3.4900  53.9733 0000100  48.0000 312.0000  1.00275900    09

Clouds began to interfere about 4:00UT and the object was only
intermittently visible until observations were ended about
4:20UT.  Many flashes between 3:50 and 4:10 were easily visible
in the 12x80 finder scope and Sue Worden was able to see some
flashes in her binoculars.

Mike McCants
Austin, Tx