Re: the magic week in October

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Fri Jun 28 2002 - 23:17:52 EDT

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    Anthony wrote:
    
    > We are coming up again to the magic week in October when many 
    > satellites will gain magnitude ... do you have any specific 
    > date(s) for this year's opportunity?
    
    That's "flaring geosynch" or "flaring geosat" season and applies
    to many operational geostationary satellites, when quite a few
    of them can be seen with 10x50 binoculars and a few without 
    magnification.  The best dates to look vary by latitude.  The 
    prime time for latitude 30 north is the first week of October, 
    but actually last year I began to see some of them quite a bit 
    before that.  This message from last September includes the 
    September equinox season "calendar" originally posted by Rainer 
    Kresken in 1999:
    
    http://satobs.org/seesat/Sep-2001/0021.html
    
    The link there to Jason Hatton's site doesn't work.  The new 
    location of his section about flaring operational geosynchs is:
    
    http://members.aol.com/_ht_a/hattonjasonp/hasohp//GEO.HTML#Operational
    
    In March Mike McCants spotted (and I got to see also!) about 60 
    geosats in one long session; most of them were flaring brighter 
    than usual, which made them easier to find:
    
     http://www.satobs.org/seesat/Mar-2002/0134.html
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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