ETS-6 and USA 129

From: Björn Gimle (b_gimle@algonet.se)
Date: Sat Sep 28 2002 - 04:38:33 EDT

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    ETS-6 was, as expected, not flashing at 23:35 local, 21:35 UTC, either.
    I now estimate the pole is near RA 06:44, dec.+79.5 and the cone
    angle 89.3 currently observed "all evening" since the track
    (usually) grazes the flash path along RA = HH.hh dec=dd.d :
    18.57,+11.4, 18.84,+11.4, 19.11,+11.3, 19.66,+11.0, 19.93,+10.8,
    20.20,+10.5, 20.47,+10.1, 20.74,+9.7, 21.01,+9.3, 21.28,+8.8,
    21.81,+7.8, 22.34,+6.6, 22.87,+5.2, 23.40,+3.8, 01.23,-1.5
    
    This path does not, however, explain the end of bright flashes Ed
    saw near RA 20:52 +7.8 (Note that this is not a universal truth -
    it depends on how your satellite track crosses the flash path)
    
    NNNNN YY LLLABC SSSS C YYYYMMDDHHMMSSsss tt ce HHMMmmm+DDMMmm pp B+MMm Mm
    24680 96 072A   5919 G 20020927194124700 17 25 2052200+512900 58 S+030 04
    24680 96 072A   5919 G 20020927194157600 17 25 1855300+712000 28 S
    24680 96 072A   5919 G 20020927194216400 17 25 1610400+755300 18 S
    24680 96 072A   5919 G 20020927194311550 17 25 1157700+613000 18 S
    
    -- COSPAR 5919, MALMA,    59.2576 N, 18.6172 E, 23 m         --
    -- COSPAR 5918, HAMMARBY, 59.2985 N, 18.1045 E, 44 m         --
    
    
    
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