RE: LES 8 spectacular and very bright geosat AMC-16

From: Brad Young (brad.young@domain-engineering.com)
Date: Wed Oct 04 2006 - 13:57:50 EDT

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    Ed Cannon said:
    
    >Last night by accident I saw a very bright flash (no binoculars).  
    >This was not long after 10:00 PM 
    >local time (3:00 UTC).  It was LES 8 (73-023A, 08746).
    
    I had no luck with this one from Tulsa, tried till 10:15 local time.
    
    >AMC-16 (04-048A, 28472), a geosat, has been flaring to +3.5 magnitude near
    lambda Aquilae 
    >Last night the satellite was equally bright as the star, and both were
    visible without binoculars in spite of the moonlight.
    
    I agree, saw it last night as:
    
    Click		Time (UT)	Mag	RA	Dec
    1		-		-	-	-	bad click
    2		2:30:00	-	19h08	-5.8
    3		2:32:00	4.8	19h14	-5.8
    4		2:33:42	4.0	19h16	-5.8	1x
    5		2:35:00	-	19h18	-5.8	1x
    6		2:36:30	3.7	19h20	-5.8	1x
    7		2:38:00	-	19h22	-5.8	1x
    8		2:39:00	5.0	19h25	-5.8
    9		2:41:00	5.4	19h26	-5.8
    10		2:43:00	6.2	19h28	-5.8
    
    1x = naked eye although all positions and mags fron 10 x 50 observations.
    
    >I've been able to see XM-1 and XM-2 
    
    No luck for me, Ed, how bright, when?
    
    >Cosmos 2105 (90-099A, 20941) is still flashing very brightly high in the
    east
    
    Still no luck, I have yet to see a "12 hr orbit" sat. Ed, how long before
    shadow entry would you say it starts?
    
    Thanks for the heads up. Sad that max geosat season hits mid-30 latitudes at
    full moon, but looks like some are flaring bright enough to see anyway!
    
    Brad Young
    TULSA 1
    COSPAR 8336
    36.1397N, 95.9838W, 205m ASL
    
    
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