SMOS Observation

From: Gerhard HOLTKAMP (
Date: Sun Mar 07 2010 - 20:00:03 UTC

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    With clear skies for a change I had my first chance to observe SMOS 
    (2009-059A). I picked it up some 20 seconds before it passed Kappa And at 
    19:22:33 UTC, 7-MAR-2010 at slightly better than mag 4. Shortly after passing 
    Kappa And it quickly (within about 15 seconds) dropped in magnitude to less 
    than mag 7 while theoretically it should have kept steady at that time. 
    It did not look like the typical (Iridium type) flare and it didn't look like 
    the Lacrosse disappearance trick either. But checking the numbers it happened 
    at a time that the yaw angle needed for specular flares changed very quickly. 
    I'll have to put SMOS on my regular observation list and see whether I can 
    figure out some pattern in this behaviour.
    Gerhard HOLTKAMP
    Darmstadt. Germany
    49.8822N, 8.6558E
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