flashing Bonum Delta rocket

From: Robert G Fenske Jr (fenske@rgfpc.electro.swri.edu)
Date: Tue Jan 11 2000 - 06:25:22 PST

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    	While waiting for Mir to appear for a grand 72deg pass I spotted a
    flash somewhat close to the S horizon.  Then another.  Counting to myself
    I figured the period to be 7-8 seconds.  Most of the flashes were actually
    double flashes: a fainter flash followed by the main flash about 1/3
    second later.  I didn't pay much attention to the brightness of the
    flashes, but I'd guess the brighter flash was in the +0 mag range.  Most
    of the time I couldn't see the satellite between the flashes, but during
    one of the periods I could barely see it.  Later I determined the
    satellite I saw was the Bonum Delta rocket (#25547).
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