Two new(?) bright, near-geo flashers

From: Stephen D LaLumondiere (
Date: Wed May 03 2000 - 13:31:48 PDT

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    The past two evenings Raduga 21 (18631, 87-100A) has been flaring(?) to 4th 
    magnitude.  The flares(?) last for nearly 5 seconds, the spacing is somewhat 
    irregular, and the magnitude varies. The shortest period that I have 
    consistently observed is 33 seconds.  The last two evenings it has been 
    visible from the west coast between 04:30 and 05:00 UTC.  
    In addition, it would appear that Spacenet 2 (15385, 84-114A) may be flashing 
    with a period of about 88 seconds.  This one was observed last night between 
    05:00 and 05:30 UTC.  Location is between Telstar 401 and GSTAR 1.
    Both of these are easy binocular objects (I was using 10X50's) if anyone is 
    interested.  Could not find them in the PPAS database, so I figured they were 
    worth mentioning.
    Gorizont 17 (89-004A) is also over the US, flashing to approximately mag. 5 
    every 40.66 seconds.
    Best, and clear, dark skies.
    Steve LaLumondiere     -118.316, 33.820
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