Re: Unid

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Wed May 12 2004 - 04:23:49 EDT

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    Skywise ( wrote:
    >... this evening (5-11-04) I ... saw a flsh in the general 
    >vicinity of Alpha Hydra....  Then another flash about 5 
    >seconds later. 
    >On the way back I was looking towards Gemini and saw a
    >flash just south east of Pollux. Continuing to stare
    >I saw another flash very close to Castor about 5 seconds
    >when I got back in the house it was 9:14 pm, PDT (4:14UT 
    >The basic track appeared to be polar moving from south
    >to north culminating in the west at about 40-45 degrees
    >118.0 west
    >33.8 north
    If it traveled from Alphard to Castor in about two minutes,
    IRS-P2 (23323, 94-068A), known to give very bright flashes 
    on some passes, is a reasonable candidate.  At 4:10:03 UTC
    it was at about RA 9:30, Dec. -9.8 (2000 coordinates; 
    altitude 37, azimuth 221).  It culminated alt. 45, azi. 264, 
    and at 4:12:07 it had reached RA 7:57, Dec +29.9 (alt. 43, 
    azi. 281).
    Ed Cannon - - Austin, Texas, USA
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