re: AEHF 1 observed until shadow entered

From: Ed Cannon (edcannonsat@yahoo.com)
Date: Sun Nov 14 2010 - 08:08:45 UTC

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    Kevin wrote:  "I was able to follow AEHF 1, and 
    watch it enter shadow. It was oh so easy to see, as 
    it got ready to enter the shadow.
    
    "It seemed to reach mag 8 range, as it got ready to 
    enter shadow."
    
    Mike was watching it (10-39A, 36868, USA 214) and 
    commenting that it was getting brighter and brighter.  
    So I looked with my 8x42 binoculars and soon found 
    it.  And it kept getting even brighter.  Our 
    consensus was that it reached +1.5 (one magnitude
    brighter than nearby alpha Ceti) for a minute or 
    maybe two.  That was around 3:11 UTC when it was in 
    the vicinity of RA 2:45, Dec. -7.5.  It soon got too 
    faint for my binoculars before it entered the shadow, 
    but Mike followed it with his scope.
    
    This flare was quite a surprise!  Presumably it is 
    just like a flaring geosat flare.  We had much more 
    favorable geometry here than Kevin did.
    
    It will do a very similar pass in three nights.  
    The Sun will be a little farther south, of course.
    
    Ed Cannon - Austin, Texas, USA
    
    
    
          
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