Re: List of & data on flashing geosynchs

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Wed Sep 04 2002 - 05:24:29 EDT

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    This is just to mention that I've added to my Flashing Geosynchs
    page some links to some pages by Jason Hatton that have more 
    details and history on some of the flashing geosynchs.  (My 
    apologies to Jason for not thinking of his pages first thing 
    the other day.  I thought that Jason sent a re-introduction to 
    SeeSat in the last couple of months, but I haven't been able to
    find it in the online archives.)  
    
    Also thank you to Mike Waterman for sending some additional data 
    on a few more of these objects:
    
    http://wwwvms.utexas.edu/~ecannon/flashinggeos.html
    
    Cosmos 2282 PPAS from first night:
    
    94- 38 A 02-09-03 05:35:52.7 EC 6323.8 0.3 303 20.870 +5->inv
    
    I timed it for only about 15 minutes last night but haven't 
    gotten my stopwatch data ready yet.
    
    Cosmos 2344 (97-028A, 24827) was faintly visible without 
    binoculars, so it must have been at least +4.0.  I'm hoping for 
    even better passes, weather permitting.  It's in a pretty high 
    orbit.
    
    Best SPOT 3 (93-061A, 22823) pass I've seen in months -- a 
    couple of bright, very sharp specular flashes as well as some 
    other very bright maxima.
    
    Saw a fast-moving low-inclination object called VEP (94-007B, 
    22979) at magnitude +3 at least, plus another one crossed with 
    it.
    
    Saw two southbound flocks of birds crossing satellites last 
    night.  I've been surprised how often I see flocks of birds 
    flying late at night.
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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