Fengyun 1A Rk, MOS 1-A, Gorizont 23

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Sun Mar 17 2002 - 02:25:52 EST

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    From Wednesday evening March 13 local time (the night of 
    the Flaring Geosynch Marathon):
    
    Fengyun 1A Rk (19468 -- not currently included in BWGS 
    program.rob file), with about 11.1-second flash period:
    
    88- 80 B 02-03-13 02:16:38   EC  155.7 2.0  14 11.1 
    
    MOS 1-A (17527), which can flash very brightly about 
    every 15.6 seconds, seems to flash best when it is low 
    in the west on evening passes.  Some secondary 
    half-period tumbles were visible:
    
    87- 18 A 02-03-13 02:05:07   EC  155.8 0.4  10 15.58  mag 0->inv
    
    Gorizont 23 (21533) was easy in 10x50 binoculars, 
    flashing about every 53.9 seconds, and I was able to 
    find it just as easily again over 100 minutes later:
    
    91- 46 A 02-03-13 05:18:41   EC 1078.3 0.2  20 53.92
    
    SPOT 3 (22823, 93-061A) is doing bright flashes when in 
    the northeast on its evening passes, but it's not easy 
    to get a flash period from them.
    
    Observing site was BCRC: 30.315N. 97.866W, 280m.
    
    The weather hasn't been very favorable since.
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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