Re: Orion 3 spectacular!

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Thu Jul 06 2000 - 01:30:12 PDT

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    I wrote:
    
    > Last night in San Antonio, Texas, (29.40N, 98.66W, 180m)I observed a
    > truly spectular pass of Orion 3 (25727, 99-024A), ... the brightest 
    > [flash] possibly -8, with a flash period of about 22.1 seconds.
    
    I was able to watch it again last night from Austin, and it repeated 
    the spectacle.  These flashes have been stupendous.  I believe they are 
    the brightest flashes I've seen from any satellite (including Iridium 
    flares) in over four years of observing.  I strongly recommend that 
    anyone who gets reasonable passes of this low-inclination (29-degree) 
    object try to see it.  In the past its passes have frequently been 
    elusive, but the last two nights passes have been worth a lot of 
    mediocre ones!
    
    We have another high pass tonight, although a few minutes earlier,
    in twilight.  However, I think that at least three of the flashes last
    night would have been visible in full daylight, so what's a little
    twilight?!
     
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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