DMSP B5D1-3 Flashes observed

From: Stephmon@aol.com
Date: Fri Mar 03 2000 - 17:44:13 PST

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    Hello,
    Since ID'ing Dave LeBlanc's February 18 "Mir and Flares" observation of DMSP 
    B5D1-3 (http://www.satellite.eu.org/seesat/Feb-2000/0376.html), I've had 
    this one on my list of objects to watch for. 
    
    Tonight, I observed it flaring sharply for about 1 second, to nearly Mag zero 
    as it passed near Algol (Beta Perseus). It was invisible for about 60 
    seconds, before flaring again to about +1 and I was unable to see any 
    subsequent flashes. Unfortunately, I didn't have my short-wave on hand, for 
    better accuracy, but I would place the two flashes at approximately 00:44:10 
    and 00:44:15 UTC (based on a quick glance at my watch after each flash).
    
    Abbreviated Satellite Hunting output...
    
    Satellite Name: DMSP B5D1-3
    COSPAR: 10820
    Prediction Date: 2000 Mar  3 [Fri]  
    U.T.C.      Elev.   Azimuth Mag Right Ascension Declination
    00:40:46    20°     354° [N]    7.0     20h 13m 10s     80° 14' 31.78"
    00:44:15    52°     285° [W]    5.7     03h 10m 39s     30° 56' 38.20"
    00:47:41    20°     217° [SW]   7.0     03h 26m 54s     -30° 14' 22.89"
    
    DMSP B5D1-3      6.4  1.7  0.0  6.5 v
    1 10820U 78042A   00061.06266274 +.00000992 +00000-0 +40207-3 0 03183
    2 10820 098.5711 258.5980 0010025 023.6602 336.5043 14.29914610136504
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    Regards,
    Stephen
    stephmon@aol.com
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