Superbird A in Europe

Matson, Robert (
Thu, 7 Jan 1999 17:36:11 -0800

Hi All,

As I reported at Eurosom 3, Superbird A (#20040) will soon be
favorable for our European observers.  It is already high enough
to be seen from eastern Europe.

It has been a few months since this satellite's flashes were last
seen, so as usual allow some margin in the below predicted
flash time peaks.  Once it has been reacquired, I can use the
observation to update the spin axis and precession rate so that
accurate predictions (to the minute) can be made for subsequent

Peak times/locations for January 9th (all times UT):

2:42  Tunisia, Libya
2:44  Sardinia, Sicily
2:45  Corsica, toe of Italy
2:46  Milan, Pisa, Florence, Rome, Naples, Athens, Crete, Cairo
2:47  Switzerland, Venice, northern Greece
2:48  Southern Germany (Munich), central Austria, Belgrade, Sofia,
      Jerusalem, Jordan
2:49  Frankfurt, Vienna, Budapest, western Romania, Istanbul,
      Cyprus, Lebanon, Damascus
2:50  Central Germany, Prague, eastern Hungary, central
        Romania (Bucharest), Syria
2:51  Hamburg, Berlin, Krakow, Syria
2:52  Copenhagen, Warsaw
2:55  Stockholm
2:57  Leningrad, Moscow

In a few more days it will be high enough to be seen in France
and Belgium.

Cheers, Rob