Re: flare from unknown satellite

Tristan Cools (tcools@nic.INbe.net)
Thu, 29 Jan 1998 21:39:16 +0100 (MET)

At 18:31 28-01-98 -0700, you wrote:

>>Transit 13
>>1 02176U 66041A   98023.11234687 +.00000257 +00000-0 +16330-3 0 07917
>>2 02176 090.1559 240.3683 0080526 081.4412 279.5881 13.99701256614503
>>
>>-------------------
>>Yoshiro Yamada                            | tel    : +81-45-832-1166
>>Astronomy Section                         | fax    : +81-45-832-1161
>>      Yokohama Science Center             | e-mail : yamada@ysc.go.jp
>>5-2-1 Yokodai Isogo-ku                    | lat.   : 35d22'26" N
>>Yokohama 235, JAPAN                       | long.  :139d35'52" E
>>
>>
>My program shows this satellite coming out of shadow around Betelgeuse.
>
>My first thought is that it may not match the position well.  But Tristan
>can answer that. On the other hand, I have seen a similarly bright flare
>from a Transit about a month ago.
>
>Ron Lee
>

Hello,


I think Yoshiro Yamada's identification is probably the one I saw, but I
still have to check yours Ron.(I still have to check on shadow possition
also, I thought there was no chance of comming out of shadow near
Betelgeuse) I'm expecting some elements from OIG for 17621/81053KT.  It is a
fragment with an RCS of 3 square meters.  Could this produce such a bright
flare ?

Thanks Alphonse, Ron and Yoshiro for any help you have given to me.

Greetings,
Tristan Cools
tcools@nic.INbe.net
BWGS Member - Belgian Working Group Satellites

Observing at:

Damse Vaart: 3.2486E/51.2279N
Rijckevelde: 3.2867E/51.2054N
Brugge:      3.1611E/51.2108N