bright flare from defunct geosat

From: Ed Cannon (edcannonsat@yahoo.com)
Date: Fri May 26 2006 - 06:02:14 EDT

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    Earlier tonight from the Ney Museum site (30.307N, 97.727W, 
    150m) I was looking at northern Libra, at about RA 15:10, 
    Dec -5, without binoculars, when I realized that there was an 
    extra +2.0 star northwest of beta Librae.  This was at about 
    04:30:57 May 26 UTC.  After a minute or two it faded, but it 
    was still visible with my 8x42 binocular at about +6.0.  I got 
    a couple of positions about 12 minutes apart, and both match 
    well with Express AM-11 (28234, 04-015A).  On March 30 Kevin 
    Fetter sent a link to a story about the sudden failure of this 
    satellite and it being maneuvered to a graveyard orbit: 
    
    http://satobs.org/seesat/Mar-2006/0277.html
    
    Ed Cannon - Austin, Texas, USA
    
    
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