Re: Can someone tell me what I saw?

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Fri Sep 06 2002 - 03:10:32 EDT

  • Next message: Bjorn Gimle: "Re: Can someone tell me what I saw?"

    >I saw something do multiple flares.  ... 
    >there were at least three, maybe four, in the space of about 
    >20 degrees of a pass....
    >
    >The first flare looked to be close to -2 in magnitude, though 
    >I was standing under very bright floodlights.  It appeared at 
    >about 50 to 60 degrees azimuth almost due west very close to 
    >21:23 EDT (date = 9/5).
    ...
    >I'm at lat=38.067, long=-80.434, 2950' Elevation....
    
    SPOT 3, which definitely can do such displays, appears to be a 
    good candidate, although these flashes seem more frequent than 
    usual for it.  Here's Quicksat output.  (Local daylight saving 
    time in WV = UTC-4:00.)
    
      38.067  80.434 2950.   West Virginia            2000  5.0 10 F F T T T
     
    ***  2002 Sept  6  Fri morning  *** Times are AM UTC  ***   033 10 7
     
     H  M  S  Tim Al Azi C Dir  Mag Dys F  Hgt Shd  Rng  EW Phs  R A   Dec
     
    22823 SPOT 3         93 61A   4.7 1.8 1.8  14 f -.5 p=29 10525 PDV  
     1 20 59   .0 53 231    65   .3   8 1  516 341  624 1.4  89 17 6  11.3
     1 21 41   .0 57 263 C  93   .3   8 2  516 368  601 1.3  99 1630  27.3
     1 22 23   .0 52 293   119   .6   8 2  517 393  634 1.2 108 1540  42.1
     1 23  5   .0 43 311   133  1.1   8 2  517 416  714 1.1 116 1436  52.9
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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