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From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Mon Sep 26 2005 - 06:27:12 EDT

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    This is futile, but I'll report it anyway.  I was scanning the 
    Clarke belt area for flaring geosats and saw a fairly brightly 
    flashing object moving from NW to SE.  Findsat does not yield 
    any candidates with the full catalog or classfd.tle files.  
    The object's brightest flashes were about +4.0 magnitude, but 
    the maxima were trending generally fainter as it went to the 
    SE.  But also the maxima were cycling from brighter to fainter 
    to brighter (not easy to explain).  Timings:
    
    start: 3:41:32 Sept 26 UTC -- at about RA 20:58, Dec -4.5 (2000)
    5.61, 4.15, 5.58, 4.64, 5.21, 10.05, 14.25, 39.05, 6.81, 
    2.98, 6.78, 31.10, 9.21, 8.69
    end:  3:44:06 -- about RA 21:16, Dec -7 (+/- a degree or two?)
    
    I looked at my sky chart a couple of times, and when I looked 
    back for it after the second time, I couldn't see it anymore.  
    I think it may have gone into the Earth's shadow.  
    
    Flaring geosats.  The sky wasn't quite as nice as the previous
    evening.  I was only about to see three of the seven that I 
    saw the previous night, plus three others that were about to 
    enter eclipse.  Mike got at least a dozen with the telescope.
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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