nice flaring from milstar 3

From: Kevin Fetter (
Date: Sat Apr 09 2005 - 04:04:36 EDT

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    At around 7:45 UTC ( Apr 9 ) I watched milstar 3 come out of shadow. Thanks to the fact it was
    around the area of sky 180 degrees from the sun ( a difference of 12 Hours R.A )it flared up
    somewhat. As it is slowly rotating, it dimmed, then got bright again, going into the mag 4-5
    range. I now have to wait for the milstar's to quite passing through the earth's shadow, so that
    there main body's can again cause a flare, when they are around 180 degrees from the sun. With
    them, I don't need to wait until geo sat flare season, when the solar panels cause the flare's.
    It fun to observe them in binoculars.
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