98003 recovered

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Fri Jul 21 2000 - 02:29:46 PDT

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    July 20 (Wednesday evening local) after moonrise (and near 
    a blinking red light on the radio tower that dominates the 
    observing site) Mike McCants recovered 98003, a flashing 
    geosynch with a period (now) of about 9.7 seconds, with 
    double flashes on every other round.  Its maxima at the 
    time found were about +9 or fainter and in a short while 
    they faded to invisibility.  It was about a minute late 
    and slightly off track on the latest elset, which is over 
    400 days old (available in mccants.tle file)!  
    
    Last night (July 21 UTC) he acquired it again, at around
    4:15-20.  Observing location: 30.314N, 97.866W, 280m.
    
    It is well-placed for eastern and central USA observers.  
    It's uncertain when the brighter flash episode begins or 
    how long it lasts.  This object, 98003, was discovered by 
    Rick Baldridge in 1998:
    
    http://www2.satellite.eu.org/seesat/Oct-1998/0193.html
    http://www2.satellite.eu.org/seesat/Nov-1998/0346.html
    
    The last few NOSS 2-2 passes have been normal here -- faint 
    or fainter.
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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