Spectacular MOS 1 flashes

Thu, 1 May 97 08:51:19 PDT

MOS 1, #17527 (87018A) has been displaying multiple flashes into the
negative magnitudes each night here on the US west coast for the past
week or so.  The geometry of a given pass appears to make a huge
difference in the brightness and frequency of the flashes.  Anyone who
has a chance to see it in the evening western sky should make an attempt
to view it.  The eastern passes haven't been much to look at, however.

For California, the MOS 1 passes begin around 10:44 Pacific time, with
it exiting shadow about halfway up in the SW sky, heading northward.

The times have changed very little from night to night; each pass
has been appearing about 20 seconds later each evening, and about 1 deg.
lower in elevation.

1 17527U 87018A   97117.23136127 -.00000043  00000-0  00000+0 0  5359
2 17527  98.8915 177.6200 0018665 177.8304 182.2948 14.00429819518942

 Craig Cholar    3432P@VM1.CC.NPS.NAVY.MIL
 Marina, CA
 36 41 04 N,  121 48 04 W     (+36.6860, -121.8054)      UTC -7