Possible HST flare

From: Robert Holdsworth (robbonz1@xtra.co.nz)
Date: Mon Feb 25 2008 - 17:49:34 UTC

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    Low in the northeast a dawning sky I observed what appears to be the HST 
    peaking at a brightness that was visible without binoculars.
    
    Predicted magnitude at culmination was only 4th magnitude but the object 
    peaked at about first magnitude.   I did not look at my watch immediately so 
    timing is not accurate, and no reference stars were available but it was 
    around 16:58:50 UTC, about two minutes after predicted culmination.
    
    The sighting does not correspond to any other predicted object: Okean O was 
    around at the time but was on a different track.
    
    This was a pleasing sighting as the HST is not an easy object here,  in view 
    of its inclination it can only be seen low in the north.
    
    Robert Holdsworth
    Wainuiomata
    New Zealand
    174.948E
    41.261S
    
    
    
    
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