Re: UNID +4 flashing geosynch near Superbird A

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Thu Nov 08 2001 - 05:15:36 EST

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    The UNID near Superbird A was Intelsat 502 (80-098A, 12089):
    
    80- 98 A 01-11-08 06:16:44   EC 3134.9 1.0  12 261.2  +4->inv
    
    1 12089U 80098A   01309.16366366 -.00000148  00000-0  00000+0 0  3486
    2 12089   9.3287  41.7130 0014613 101.2508 258.8341  0.98885741 44828
    
    I was going to look for the early series of Superbird A, but I 
    was distracted by this one.  I had no predictions for another 
    object that close to Superbird A.  The first flash I saw was at 
    about 3:00:47 UTC.  I lucked out and saw the next flash.  After 
    that I looked at 1/2 and 1/4 period times but only saw flashes 
    every 261.2 seconds.  Some time after Superbird A was done I 
    decided to come here and find some candidates and go back out 
    and try to find it again later.  First I tried a different 
    object but saw no flashes.  With another stroke of luck, I did
    find this one still flashing and watched it a while longer.  
    So the last one I looked for was over three hours after the 
    first one I saw.  All of the maxima were doubles, with a 
    separation of between 0.5 and 1.0 second.
    
    Earlier I had managed to get to the site in time to see some 
    flashes, from 1:40:37.5 to 1:44:52.8, from Intelsat 512 
    (85-087A, 16101), which is getting low in the west.
    
    85- 87 A 01-11-08 01:44:52.8 EC  234.1 0.5  11 21.29  +4.5->inv
    
    Observing site, E. Ney Museum grounds, 30.307N, 97.727W, 150m.
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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