UNID bright flasher

karcher (101672.3140@compuserve.com)
Thu, 24 Sep 1998 18:03:46 -0400

 Hi all,
 on september 17 , just before MIR seen at 04H12 , I spotted  a fast nake=
d
 eye satellite ( h ~250 KM ) GOING SW to NE ( i~65 deg), mag+2 To
invisible.
 Photometric period 0.9 sec +/- 0.1
 Unfortunately ,it was at the end of trajectory , at dawn, on NE.I took a=

rough
 point:  0407.23 UT 0942 +52.6 1950.0
 Assuming a period of 89.5 min , I watched vainly the next morning in ver=
y
 clear sky.
    Alberto RANGO ,  Roma  +41.97 12.46 E
 Translated by Pierre.Alberto is a retired rear-admiral back to satellite=

watch.
 In 1957 , he was one of the member of Pierre s first network , specialis=
ed
in low =

 satellites.
  The satellite was not identified by Russell and I .
   Pierre checked 83126A and 98 48C and D visibles a.m.
     Dan Karcher  =

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