Re: Observations- Unexpectedly bright satellites

vince gardiner (
Sun, 20 Oct 1996 16:18:17 +1000

Bright flashes are fairly common, and most of them are near the suns
azm. We observed a beauty last night. A mag -4 or thereabouts. It was as
bright as ever I've seen Venus. It lasted for about 1.5 seconds.
It appeared to be moving in a northerly direction and was within +/- 1
degree of Antares. Time UT 08:37:39 Oct 19.
After searching my 8200 sat file I came up with #12585 Meteor 1-31. It
was just the right sun-sat-observer angle, and the sky was still quite
bright. A pleasant surprise whilst gazing at the sky, sucking on a
'stubbie' (bottle of beer) or two, waiting for the night satellite
hunting to begin. It sure beats mowing the lawn :-)
Vince Gardiner.
Coffs Harbour N.S.W. Australia
-30.35   +153.082