GSTAR 1 and Insat 2D

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Tue Sep 02 2003 - 02:04:09 EDT

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    GSTAR 1's (85-035A, 15677) flash period is accelerating 
    significantly; here are two PPAS reports just 10 nights apart:
    85- 35 A 03-08-23 04:36:34.5 EC  599.4 0.2  11 54.49  +3.5->inv
    85- 35 A 03-09-02 03:02:33.3 EC  664.4 0.2  12 55.36  +3.5->inv
    On both occasions with 10x50 binoculars at first I saw half-
    period flashes.  It's about nine minutes earlier each night.
    I happened to catch four flashes of Insat 2D (97-027B, 24820);
    97- 27 B 03-09-02 03:26:24.9 EC  247.3 0.3   4 61.8   +5.5->inv
    I hope to get a longer view in the next few nights.  It drifts 
    fairly rapidly west to east and will be in view of Europe in a 
    week or so.
    Orion 3 (99-024A, 25727) has been doing at least a couple of
    very bright (-1 or -2) flashes on almost every pass recently.
    Maybe in a couple of weeks after the Moon gets out of the way,
    I'll get to see Milstar 6 during the beginning of our flaring 
    geosat season.  I think Kevin has a darker site than BCRC.
    Ed Cannon - - Austin, Texas, USA
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