Flaring geosats

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Thu Sep 26 2002 - 06:28:46 EDT

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    Last night I was able to see several operational geosats with 
    my 10x50 binoculars.  In the east-southeast there were two
    pairs both visible in the field of view for a few minutes.  
    At least two of them, if not all four, were Panamsats.  Not 
    too far from there but south of the normal declination was 
    TDRS 6.  Considerably farther west were Galaxy 11, Anik F1, 
    and XM-2, which flare quite a long ways before shadow entry.  
    Mike McCants of course caught more of them with his telescope, 
    e.g. Nimiq 1 next to Galaxy 11 and a group of five in one FOV
    (23192, 23553, 23598, 25937, and 25954 -- and 26985 just west
    of those).  Technically it's still about a week before the 
    prime date for this phenomenon at our latitude (30.3 north).  
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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