Last three evenings - some obs

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Tue Apr 02 2002 - 05:08:08 EST

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    Last night I was able to help a family who had come out to see 
    the comet, and then also was able to show them ISS, a nice -1 
    Iridium flare, and a couple of fainter satellites, as well as
    EGP to one of the kids.  Observing site for 2002 April 2 UTC 
    was Mt. Bonnell, a city park in Austin with an excellent 
    western horizon.  Saturday and Sunday evenings (2002 March 31 
    and April 1 UTC) it was the BCRC site.  Here are some PPAS 
    flash timings from the last three evenings:
    
    23794, Raduga 33 (between clouds)
    96- 10 A 02-03-31 03:17:08   EC   92.5 0.3   3 30.8   +2->inv
    
    19017, Gorizont 15
    88- 28 A 02-03-31 03:37:53   EC  461.5 0.4  26 17.75  +7.5->inv
    
    19468, Fengyun 1A Rk (seems to "phase shift" in mid-pass)
    88- 80 B 02-03-31 03:24:50   EC   83.6 1.5   7 11.9   secondaries also
    88- 80 B 02-04-01 03:23:13   EC   70.3 0.5   6 11.7  
    
    12553, NOAA 7
    81- 59 A 02-04-01 02:01:18   EC   57.8 0.5   5 11.6   2ndaries & tertiaries
    
    19397, Gorizont 16
    88- 71 A 02-04-01 04:41:17   EC  957.7 0.3  10 95.77  +7->inv
    
    16600, BS-2B PKM
    86- 16 C 02-04-02 01:47:04   EC   36.1 0.4   8  4.5   +3.5->inv
    
    24838, Iridium 9
    97- 30 C 02-04-02 02:51:53   EC  106.4 0.5  11  9.67  +3.5->inv
    
    Last night I was able to see the Shenzhou III orbital module 
    easily in twilight; it was about +2.5 I guess as it went 
    through Ursa Major.  SPOT 3 (22823, 93-061A) did easy one-power 
    flashes on both passes.
    
    Saturday or Sunday evening (local) USA 81 (21949, 92-023A) went 
    straight through the middle of M41.  Last night without 
    binoculars it was visible sparkly-flashing for several seconds, 
    south of culmination.
    
    Saturday evening, along with Raduga 33, Mike McCants and I also
    saw between clouds both ISS and a DMSP flare.  It cleared later.
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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