Re: bright flare from defunct geosat

From: Jeff Umbarger (jumbarger2000@yahoo.com)
Date: Fri May 26 2006 - 17:31:13 EDT

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    Yes Ed! I saw this same satellite. Two nights ago it
    was next to Mu Virgo and then last night I saw it
    appear and the disappear 3 times while holding
    position vs. the background stars. It seems to flare
    the most with anti-solar point (now in northern
    Scorpius) directly below it. Will look again tonight -
    seems to have a 20 minute or so period.
    
         Regards,
              Jeff Umbarger
              Plano, TX USA
    
    --- Ed Cannon <edcannonsat@yahoo.com> wrote:
    
    > 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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