EUROSOM 3

JAY RESPLER (JRespler@surfnj.net)
Tue, 03 Nov 1998 23:10:48 -0500

I was the last to leave Edinburgh after Eurosom and I'll echo the messages
I've already seen here.  Thanks to the organizers.  The talks were all
interesting and informative.  I enjoyed them all and would like to see them
expanded upon here. But, even better than the talks, was the opportunity to
again see so many people that I met at Eurosom 2.  I'll post some photos of
them.  I also got to meet some new SeeSaters.  There were attendees from
about 7-8 countries including as far as Australia.  
After someone's comment, I checked all messages written to SeeSat-L in
Jan-Mar.  I found that the writers of 37% of all messages were at Eurosom 3.

I made predictions a few weeks before Eurosom and on Sunday we had the
largest group of SeeSaters ever to make a group observation.  The previous
record was probably when several of us observed Mir near Tristan's home after
Eurosom 2. This time we all saw a daytime Iridium flare.

     Local    Local     Iridium         Sun      Flare     Maximum Flare Ir
Day  Date     Time    Azm El Rnge N I Azm Elv  Ang Mg MMA Latit.  Longit. #
Sun 98-10-25 15:02:50  166 69  517 A L 226 11  0.1 -8  L  55.954 -3.148 57

That night, we managed to see 4 sats:

  55.953   3.185  129.   EDINBURGH                1950  3.8 15 F F F T F
***  1998 Oct  25  Sun evening  *** Times are PM ***  
 H  M  S Tim Azi ElC Dir  Mag Dys F  Hgt Shd  Rng  R A  Dec RCS  Name
 6 25 21 1.3  73 77C  88  2.8  24 4  299 161  306 2158 57.2 (*)  C1005    
 6 26 15  .1 118 55C 272  3.6  24 9  528 319  627 2254 31.7     *1980R 
 6 55 39  .2 121 90C 266  2.2  14 6  422 211  422 2059 55.5     Lacrosse 2
 7 18 32  .4 155 64C 271  3.0  24 8  366  28  405 2210 30.7 (*) *UARS  

There was something particularly interesting about these observation. With us
at the Iridium observation was Rob Matson, the person whose program allows us
to see these flares. Sharing the evening observations was Mike McCants,
author of the Quicksat program that made those predictions possible.

I started this trip seeing a nice aurora on the flight out. 
To wind up my trip, on my last night, I caught:
 
***  1998 Oct  28  Wed evening  *** Times are PM ***  
 H  M  S Tim Azi ElC Dir  Mag Dys F  Hgt Shd  Rng  R A  Dec RCS  Name
 6 50 40  .3 320 55C  91  2.9  17 6  422 265  503 16 8 67.6     Lacrosse 2


I'd say a good time was had by all.

-- 
Jay Respler
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