INSAT 2B is flashing, Intelsat 501

From: Kevin Fetter (kfetter@yahoo.com)
Date: Sat Mar 24 2007 - 10:02:47 EDT

  • Next message: Lutz Schindler: "Obs 24.03.07"

    Ah another nice flashing geo sat, ie one with a short flash period.
    
    Insat 2B & 22724 ) is flashing every 15 second. 
    
    Between 7:52 to 7:54 UTC ( Mar 24 ) it flashed to Mag 8. 
    
    93- 48 B 07-03-24 07:52:28   KF                15     8-inv
    
    After which the flashes were much fainter.
    
    I had only started looking for it, around 7:52, so not sure how long before that time, it was
    flashing brightly.
    
    I could see see it flashing over 1 hour later. The flashes were between Mag 10 to 11.
    
    Intelsat 501 was giving flashes under 4 minutes apart. It slowly rotating, so the flashes last a
    few seconds. 
    
    http://www.kfetter.com/satvideo/flashing-geosat/12474.wmv
    
    Brighest flashes observed between 5:26 to 6:01 UTC ( Mar 24 )
    
    It gave a double flash at 5:34:44 UTC
    
    It gave a flash every 223 seconds, give are take a few seconds. 
    
    Kevin
    
    
    
    
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