Echostar 7 Obs

From: Ron Lee (ronlee@pcisys.net)
Date: Mon Mar 04 2002 - 22:38:48 EST

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    Observed the recently launched Echostar 7 payload (#27378) at about
    2:55 UT 5 Mar 02.  The only reason I saw it was because it flared several
    magnitudes as it approach a reference star.
    
    Range was about 47540 km.   It flared again about 5 minutes later.
    Five minutes after that I expected another flare but did not see it.
    It could have drifted from the field of view.
    
    Most of the time I could not track it so the magnitude was in the 12 range
    or fainter, leading to a tentative standard magnitude of 5.
    
    Ron Lee
    
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