BY Nov 20 What a Night!

From: Brad Young (brad.young@domain-engineering.com)
Date: Thu Nov 20 2008 - 19:07:11 UTC

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    Amazing night - very clear and almost 60 F. Now windy and cold. ISS/STS
    passed near Jupiter and Venus right as family happened outside. All said
    that ISS was brighter than Venus, -5 mag at best. Harriet noticed 07-6G
    passing as ISS dimmed (see below), just like she saw it on its first visible
    pass for us last year, before I did (which stung!).
    
    Later, after they left, Iridium 31 flare was even brighter, at -7 or better.
    And then, noticed	AMSAT-Oscar-40 (26609, 00072B) flashing to 6th mag!
    How it can be seen amazes me, will try to see again tonight. From info at:
    
    http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/satellites/sat_summary/ao40.php
    
    it would be a candidate, but I thought the AMSATs were all very small.
    
    I can't fit my 28385 observations yet - will try again tonight to see it.
    Appears to be 25-35s early on this elset:
    
    USA 179 r
    1 28385U 04034B   08312.95079262 0.00000800  00000-0  26001-3 0    04
    2 28385  57.5256 344.0650 5234734 334.0009   7.0963  5.18439829    01
    
    I tried to see it after shadow egress, but failed. Has anyone seen a LEO
    "skim" the shadow and reappear? Seems like that would be a sight to see.
    
    23533 95 015A   8336 E 20081120000517890 17 25 2343225-180558 28  
    23533 95 015A   8336 E 20081120000531440 17 25 2343213-152149 18  
    23533 95 015A   8336 E 20081120000637570 17 25 2343710+015707 38  
    05679 71 110B   8336 E 20081120001054820 17 25 2026293+233708 28  
    05679 71 110B   8336 E 20081120001102420 17 25 2033013+205460 18  
    05679 71 110B   8336 E 20081120001117590 17 25 2045115+153447 38  
    05679 71 110B   8336 E 20081120001157460 17 25 2112634+023376 77  
    18009 87 043E   8336 E 20081120001627090 17 25 2250440+503904 28  
    28646 05 016A   8336 E 20081120005420150 17 25 2027610-135782 18 S
    28646 05 016A   8336 E 20081120005505780 17 25 2056414-033539 57 S
    28646 05 016A   8336 E 20081120005615210 17 25 2208640+212914 38 S
    28646 05 016A   8336 E 20081120005634210 17 25 2238383+294778 87 S
    28646 05 016A   8336 E 20081120005826440 17 25 0300069+551128 37 S
    
    PPAS:
    
    01-7A was so strange I must revisit - no cycle to it at all mag 3->inv
    
    70-106 B 08-11-19 23:53:56   BY                       S; 7
    74- 44 A 08-11-20 00:18:33   BY   42.5                F; 5->8 dtm irr
    07-  6 G 08-11-20 00:23:20   BY   63.9 0.5   7  9.1   A; 3->5 1X
    00- 72 B 08-11-20 00:49:45   BY  358.3 0.4  13 27.56  FF'; 6->inv Note 1
    04- 34 B 08-11-20 02:33:56   BY   47.5 0.4  10  4.75  A; 6->inv
    
    Note 1: First flash was fainter, started at 8m and was soon too faint.
    
    Brad Young
    TULSA 1
    COSPAR 8336
    36.1397N, 95.9838W, 205m ASL
    
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