USA 129 flaring

From: Marco Langbroek (
Date: Sat Mar 10 2007 - 15:57:25 EST

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    Hi all
    Observed and photographed a nice bright long flare of KH USA 129 (96-072A) half 
    an hour ago.
    It made a zenith pass near 20:21 UTC here (March 10). When it cleared the roof 
    edge in the zenith and came into my view, it was very bright: mag. 0 to possibly 
    -1 peaking on or before 20:21:20 UTC. When my camera opened a few seconds later 
    it was already past peak brightness but still very bright, fading slowly. The 
    image can be seen here:
    Positions will follow later when I have measured the image.
    There was some persistent cirrus only slowly dissolving after sunset, hence I 
    lost the earlier Lacrosse passes of this evening. Happy to have catched this 
    flare though.
    - Marco
    Dr Marco Langbroek  -  SatTrackCam Leiden, Cospar 4353
    Leiden, the Netherlands. 52.15412 N,  4.49081 E (WGS84), +0 m ASL
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