Flashing geosynch, it would seem

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Tue Nov 05 2002 - 05:10:24 EST

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    I received a credible private report from Boulder, 
    Colorado (40.015N, 105.270W acc. to Heavens-Above;
    roughly about 1670 meters above sea level), of a near-
    stationary flashing object being watched *without* 
    magnification for an hour, from about 4:00 to 5:00 on 
    Nov. 4 UTC.  The flash period was 20-22 seconds.  The 
    position is uncertain beyond it likely being in the 
    southwest, and the report is that it moved slightly 
    east, if at all, during the hour.  In spite of the 
    flash period, it does not seem possible to me that it 
    could have been Superbird A (89-041A, 20040), because 
    of the duration of the one-power observation.  Has 
    anyone tried to observe Cosmos 2282 (94-038A, 23168)
    lately?  I don't think the flash period could match 
    ETS 6 (94-056A, 23230), plus the description of little
    to no motion would not seem to match its pass very 
    well.  None of the Gorizonts or other ones that I know 
    of would seem to match.
    
    Last week (?) we had one clear night, and I tried 
    without success to see any flashing geosynch.  It may 
    be clear again tonight; if so Superbird A will be looked 
    for!
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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