Re: Double flare mag zero (est.) near Cassiopeia

From: George Roberts (
Date: Mon Oct 27 2008 - 23:20:56 UTC

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    You can search ppas reports.  This shows reports for 23420 aka 94-81a:
    Several reports have it flashing to as bright as mag 5.0 but usually with a 7 to 
    15 second period meaning it tends to flash very briefly -- not for 15 seconds! 
    but more likely once every 15 seconds.  So I doubt this is what you saw because 
    it tumbles too quickly to have a flare for more than a fraction of one second.
    The other object has zero reported sitings (except one erroneous siting in 2002 
    that was corrected).  Could your search have been on the wrong day or some 
    simple error like that?
    - George Roberts
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: "Bev M Ewen-Smith" <>
    To: <>
    Sent: Monday, October 27, 2008 12:42 PM
    Subject: Double flare mag zero (est.) near Cassiopeia
    > Hi,
    > Two of our observers reported a double flare (two objects flaring close 
    > together) to the left (ie North) of the Cassiopeia asterism for about 15 
    > seconds around 2008-10-26 19:26 with no detectable movement during that time. 
    > They estimated that the brighter object was magnitude zero.  Observing from 
    > N37 11.4 W008 36.0.
    > Checking the data here, there are two slow moving objects - Norad 23420U 
    > (Molniya 1-88) and 78095E - in the reported position.  Are there records of 
    > either of these flaring so brightly when so far from the Earth?
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