Re: Apple?

From: Tony Beresford (dberesford@adam.com.au)
Date: Wed Mar 03 2004 - 01:28:23 EST

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    At 16:33 3/03/04, Patrick Wiggins wrote:
    >Perhaps I misspoke so I'll try again.
    >
    >I realize there may not be any scientific reasons for watching Apple.
    >
    >However, since geosynchronous satellites are not hard to spot (especially with
    >today's go-to technology), I'm guessing there must be something unusual about
    >Apple that would make so many on this list try to observe it.
    >
    >Is there something unusual about Apple?
    Patrick,
    its an abandoned comsat , and not quite geosynchronous.
    Under right conditions it flashes up to one-power visibility,
    though binoculars make the flashes easier to spot. 
    The flash period isnt constant, due to solar radiation pressure.
    I know of 53 of this type of object. 
    
    Tony Beresford
    
    
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