Re: SeaSat 1 unexpectedly bright.

From: Mir16609@aol.com
Date: Sun Sep 12 2004 - 11:27:23 EDT

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    In a message dated 9/12/04 10:53:46 AM Eastern  Daylight Time, 
    eddyt420@hotmail.com writes:
    . If anyone has any idea as to  the cause of this observed difference, I'd 
    love to hear it.  
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    Seasat has a large reflective surface and will be  negative magnitude at 
    times.  Here's a  graphic:
    http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/history/70s/Seasat_1978.htm
    
    The best  way to research the peculiar optical behavior of objects is to 
    search the  SeeSat-L  archives:
    http://www.satobs.org/seesat/seesatindex.html#Arch
    
    Last  night at 00:27UTC I saw an object flare a few degrees to the right of  
    Polaris.  I ID'd the object as Cosmos 1980.  A short search in the  archives 
    showed that Björn Gimle noted a flare from the same object a year  ago.
    
    http://satobs.org/seesat/Sep-2003/0001.html
    
    Cheers,
    Don  Gardner 39.1799 N, 76.8406 W, 100m  ASL
    http://hometown.aol.com/mir16609/
    http://www.howardastro.org  
    
    
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