Insat 2D back over the Americas again

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Sat Nov 03 2001 - 09:58:14 EST

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    After only a couple of weeks, Insat 2D (97-027B, 24820) is already 
    back in view for North America.  The last time it was here, on two 
    nights in a row (Oct 17 and 18) I saw it flashing in the general 
    vicinity of iota Ceti (2000 RA 0h 19.5m, Dec -8.8).  Its flash 
    period was about 72 seconds, and the brightest maxima were about 
    +3 -- brighter than iota Ceti.  I was able to see it for up to 40
    minutes on Oct. 18 before it got too faint but did not see the 
    beginning of its flash window on either night.  It moves from west 
    to east a lot from night to night and is only in the sky for a few 
    nights at a time.
    Ed Cannon - - Austin, Texas, USA
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