PPAS reports, plus

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Sat Apr 02 2005 - 04:19:33 EST

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    12069, Fleetsatcom 4 Centaur Rk
    80- 87 B 05-04-02 03:19:48   EC  153.9 0.2  10 15.39  
    
    12497, Intelsat 501 Centaur Rk
    81- 50 B 05-04-02 04:09:17   EC  102.5 0.2  13  7.88  
    
    23168 Cosmos 2282 (slowly westward-drifting near-geosynch,
    seen at first right at RA 8:00, J2000)
    94- 38 A 05-04-02 04:25:19   EC  601.9 0.2  44 13.679 +6.5->i
    
    24820, Insat 2D (rapidly eastward-drifting near-geosynch,
    seen around RA 14:20)
    97- 27 B 05-04-02 04:38:08   EC  232.4 0.1   4 58.10  +4.5->i
    
    PPAS format: http://www.satobs.org/tumble/flashpm.html#PPASformat
    
    Insat 2D seemed to be fading very rapidly, but I was nearly
    out of clicks and may have let it go too quickly.  Both it
    and Cosmos 2282 seem to have accelerated flash periods.
    
    Non-PPAS.  I happened to see a -1 magnitude object slowly 
    going down from above and slightly right of Polaris.  It 
    was very bright for at least a minute.  After I got home,
    Findsat told me it matched 87-043H, 18025, NOSS 8(H)!  I 
    first saw it at about 2:49:52 and timed it very close to a
    star at about 2:52:33.5 (April 2 UTC).
    
    Hubble Space Telescope did a very bright pass a couple of 
    nights ago but was considerably fainter than usual tonight.
    
    All of the above seen from BCRC site: 30.315N, 97.866W, 280m.
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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