Another easy "flashing geosynch"

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Wed May 23 2001 - 01:13:28 PDT

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    Everyone knows about Superbird A, which is easy because it's 
    brightest maxima are quite bright and because Rob Matson has
    been providing flash episode predictions!
    
    In a different way but really not very hard at all (at least 
    currently, for Austin, Texas!) is Gorizont 16 (19397, 88-071A).  
    In the last several clear nights I've been able to observe it 
    easily with handheld 10x50 binoculars.  The hardest part is 
    watching one spot carefully for up to 95 seconds to see the 
    first flash.  The brightest flashes are at least +5 if not 
    +4.5; just a while ago I was able to see some from the parking 
    lot just outside my apartment -- not a good observing site at 
    all.  And that was just over two hours after first spotting it 
    earlier in the night!  It's drifting quite slowly night to 
    night from east to west and so will be over the USA for a few 
    more weeks.  The only real unknown is when and where it might 
    flash for any other location; 10 to 15 degrees away from here, 
    does it flash earlier, later, or not at all?  Since it's 
    visible here for such an extended period each night (so far), 
    I tend to think that it might be visible over a wide area.
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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