ETS 6, I think

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Fri Sep 29 2000 - 01:57:11 PDT

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    Last night I happened across what appeared to be a geosynch flashing
    to about +4 (at least two flashes seen one-power) with a period of 
    about 10 seconds!  I'm pretty sure that it was ETS 6 (23230, 94-056A),
    which was at a range of about 32,000 km at the time I first saw it.
    Unfortunately my stopwatch lost its mind before I could even think of
    getting any of the data -- other than having reviewed a number of 
    10-second cycles.  So there went my times on the two flaring 
    geosynchs that I had seen earlier, the exact time of a bright fireball 
    flash (I managed to see the smoke/plasma trail.), the UNID crossers, 
    etc.  Anyway, I first saw what was probably ETS 6 very near, a 
    fraction of a degree east of, theta Aquilae.
    I did see an apparent flaring (+7?) geosynch at the same position as 
    the one last night, at very close to the same time.  But I also saw 
    one earlier very near 3 Aquarii.  There were four stars instead of 
    the little triangle that it had been the previous night.  But soon it 
    was easy to see which one did not belong there.  This one was almost 
    as bright as 3 AQR (+4) and certainly brighter than nearby 4 and 5 AQR 
    when I first saw it.  I wish I knew what time it was then....
    Location 30.314N, 97.866W, 280m.
    Ed Cannon - - Austin, Texas, USA
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