re: Orion 3 spectacular!

From: Walter Nissen (
Date: Thu Jul 06 2000 - 17:51:24 PDT

  • Next message: Ralph McConahy: "Re: what did we see?" (Ed Cannon) writes: 
    > > 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 strongly recommend that anyone who gets reasonable passes of this
    > low-inclination (29-degree) object try to see it.
    > We have another high pass tonight, although a few minutes earlier,
    > in twilight. 
    I haven't seen this one yet, but even as far North as here, passes will
    reach as high as 12 or 13 degrees altitude in the next couple days.  
    Looks like now is the time to look.  And to hope that very bright flashes
    may be seen.
    Thanks for the heads-up, Ed.
    Walter Nissen         
    -81.8637, 41.3735, 256m elevation
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