two replies; and Gorizont 10?

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Wed Mar 22 2006 - 04:57:20 EST

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    For Mike Chini's observation, it may have been a Glonass.  
    Using a rather large "box" around RA 8:00, Dec. +20 (between 
    Pollux and Saturn), I got three Glonass candidates between 
    10:30 and 11:00 PM EST (UTC -5:00) for Staten Island, NY.
    I think that Heavens-Above recently gave me a prediction for
    Iridium 16 (24841, 97-030F), which is another tumbling one --
    I remembered after not seeing anything when I had a bright 
    prediction.  But I may be mis-remembering that the prediction
    was from H-A.
    Earlier tonight I looked for Raduga 16 (85-070A, 15946) and
    found two flashing objects in the vicinity, within one degree
    of each other.  It looks like the best candidate is Gorizont
    10 (84-078A, 15144).  One of them had a flash period of about
    58.2 seconds, and the other, which faded pretty quickly, was
    flashing about every 53.n seconds.  I first saw them at about
    RA 13:40-45, and the one with 58.2-second flash period was 
    visible for at least 30 minutes.  But I wasn't able to get a
    good enough position to determine for sure which was which.
    I think this was the first time at the BCRC site in 20 nights, 
    due mainly to unfavorable weather.  But tonight was very 
    pretty.  Mike went Monday evening, but I wasn't able to get
    away from the office in time to go (and almost didn't make it
    tonight either).
    Ed Cannon - Austin, Texas, USA
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