GORIZONT 23 FLASHING

Jay Respler (jrespler@injersey.com)
Mon, 4 Aug 1997 22:43:21 -0400 (EDT)

Seems like this is a sister to Superbird in that it only flashes very brightly
at certain times.  I looked for it a few times on other days with binoculars
without seeing it.  This time it was flashing to mag 6, period 53 sec. Watched
for 4 cycles starting 5:01UT then left binoculars set at the spot.  When I
came back at 5:23 UT, I saw only 1 flash at about mag 8-9, and then no more.
Does someone want to predict when Gorizont is flashing at its brightest?

Here is the HIGHFLY prediction output:

   40.283  74.233  129.      JAY RESPLER           1950 13.0  8
*** 1997 Aug  2/ 3   Sat evening/Sun morning  *** Times are EDT
Hrs Min  Alt Azi  Mag    Hgt    R  A    Dec  Range
NCT 21533 Gorizont 23 91 46A       M 3.5 ELDY 13 M2   -1 
  1   1   38 160 11.6  22506  21 51.0 -10.0  23840  mag6
  1   3   38 160 11.6  22506  21 53.0 -10.0  23840  4cycles 53sec

x 1  23   38 161 11.6  22506  22 12.7 -10.1  23841 
  1  25   38 161 11.6  22506  22 14.7 -10.1  23841 once mag8-9, no more
  1  27   38 161 11.6  22506  22 16.7 -10.1  23841
  1  29   38 161 11.6  22506  22 18.7 -10.1  23841
  1  31   38 161 11.7  22506  22 20.6 -10.1  23841
  1  33   38 161 11.7  22506  22 22.6 -10.1  23841

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Will anyone (besides Paul) be going to view the solar eclipse next year?

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Jay Respler
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