Re: How brightly does Hotbird flair?

From: Bjoern Gimle@GlocalNet (Gimle@GlocalNet)
Date: Mon Oct 06 2008 - 14:51:23 UTC

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    This is quite common for operational geosats this season
    (when the Sun is near the declination of the Clarke belt)
    See http://www.algonet.se/~b_gimle/geoflare.htm and
    the excel sheet there, or
    http://www.satobs.org/seesat/Oct-2008/0031.html
    or search "geoflare site:satobs.org"
    
    /Björn Gimle
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: "Bev M Ewen-Smith" <bmes@coaa.co.uk>
    To: <seesat-l@satobs.org>
    Sent: Monday, October 06, 2008 1:01 PM
    Subject: How brightly does Hotbird flair?
    
    
    Hi,
    
    When setting up a scope on NGC 246 we noticed a
    'star' in a place where no (bright) star should be, as follows:
    
    Observer location 37 11.4N 8 36.0W
    Object location about 3.5° NE of iota Ceti (approx 00h28m36s S05°46'54")
    Date Time 2008-10-06 22:25 UTC
    The object was initially magnitude 3 and faded to
    below naked eye visibility over the next couple of minutes.
    
    The position coincides with the Hot Bird
    constellation seen from here and the time was
    just a couple of minutes before they entered eclipse.
    
    Is it unusual for it/them to be as bright as mag 3 just prior to eclipse?
    
    Naturally, we thought we had spotted a nova - until it went out!
    
    Regards
    Bev
    COAA
    
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