Return of Superbird B1 (21893, 92-010A)

From: Ed Cannon (edcannonsat@yahoo.com)
Date: Sun Mar 26 2006 - 06:11:24 EST

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    Earlier tonight, observing at the dark-sky site Canyon of the
    Eagles, by accident in my peripheral vision I saw a bright 
    flash.  On site I failed to find the matching predictions that
    I had, but after getting home Findsat told me it was Superbird 
    B1.  It was flashing +2 about every 52 seconds, and a secondary 
    (about +6) maximum at 26 seconds was visible with my binocular.
    That's quite a bit shorter flash period than last reported.  
    
    We were at a star party, so a number of the other folks on the 
    field saw it, and one person even got it in a 17-inch (430mm) 
    telescope.  It flashed brightly for at least 15-20 minutes, and
    from first sighting until I couldn't see it was about 40 
    minutes -- RA 8:50 to 9:30.  The secondary maximum disappeared 
    maybe 10 minutes or so before that primary.  I believe that its 
    flash episode is something like 20 minutes later from night to 
    night.  I last saw it less than three months ago, so it circles 
    the Earth fairly rapidly for a drifting near-geosynch.
    
    I'll submit a PPAS report later, for it and some other ones.
    
    Ed Cannon - Austin, Texas, USA
    
    
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