Re: Unknown "Blinker" Last Night

From: Jeff Umbarger (jumbarger2000@yahoo.com)
Date: Tue Sep 20 2005 - 16:26:31 EDT

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    Can someone explain why LES 8 (and out of control
    geosats like it) flash earlier each night by an amount
    of time that *exceeds* how much earlier the sun sets
    each night? For instance, if the sun sets 1 min
    earlier each night for my latitude, LES 8 starts
    flashing (and stops) 10 min earlier each night. Why? I
    guess I'm assuming that it's spin plane is fixed to
    the stars - is that a good assumption?
    
         Regards,
              Jeff Umbarger
              Plano, TX, USA
    
    --- Ed Cannon <ecannon@mail.utexas.edu> wrote:
    
    > Quoting Brad Young:
    > 
    > > Saw a "blinker" right on time as predicted by Ed
    > Cannon 
    > > from his observations. I presume it was LES 8....
    > 
    > I did observe LES 8 last night but don't have my
    > data with 
    > me now.  I saw a few flashes before 2:00 UTC, when I
    > stopped 
    > and restarted my stopwatch; then I saw some more,
    > but the 
    > brightest ones I saw were the first five or six. 
    > 
    > Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas,
    > USA
    > 
    >
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