magnitude +4.0 flaring geosat

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Tue Sep 27 2005 - 11:39:33 EDT

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    From about 2:13-15 Sept. 27 UTC PAS 1R (26608, 00-72A) was 
    brighter than any of the stars around it (a neat rectangle 
    in southernmost Pisces.  The brightest star of the rectangle, 
    30 Piscium, is +4.4 magnitude.  The satellite was at least 
    +4.0 if not +3.5.  About five minutes earlier, two others, 
    the very close pair PAS 3R (23764, 96-002A) and PAS 6B (25585, 
    98-075A) were also visible, farther to the east, in the same 
    field of view.  All of them at that time were about +5.5 
    perhaps.  I was at the Ney Museum.
    Ed Cannon - - Austin, Texas, USA
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