Re: A dozen geosats

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Sun Sep 30 2001 - 05:23:49 EDT

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    Last night, in spite of moonlight, widely scattered vapor 
    trails and cirrus clouds, and stopping an hour earlier, I 
    was able again to see a dozen geosats with binoculars.
      
    One correction regarding the previous night was that, 
    based on three I saw last night, I doubt that I had three 
    in the FOV; I think that one of them was too far away 
    from the other two for that.  Site: 30.315N, 97.866W, 
    280m.
    
    There's a detail to consider in going for the ones near
    shadow-entry.  They seem to be mostly earlier in the 
    evening and lower in the sky.  As the evening progresses 
    and the shadow climbs higher, the "action" decreases.  
    
    Regarding the ones that I've consistently seen (last year 
    and this) beginning roughly three hours before their 
    shadow entry, I'd be interested if anyone has a theory to 
    explain them.
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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