ETS-7 seen from a swimming pool

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Wed Jun 29 2005 - 14:38:37 EDT

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    Last night a member of the local astronomy club saw, 
    completely by accident from his swimming pool, a very 
    bright (long) flash/flare/glint from an eastbound object.  
    It was ETS-7 (97-074B, 25064).  Mike McCants and I were 
    watching it from BCRC.  It was certainly as bright as 
    Venus (when it's high in the sky, not like last night).  
    The previous evening I saw it do two of those (each 
    briefer) in close succession.
    Five minutes later last night we had a very bright pass 
    of ISS, south-to-northeast, which that person in his 
    swimming pool also saw by accident! 
    The last two evenings the NOSS 2-3 triangle has been "two
    visible without binoculars, one much fainter".
    So many observations, so little time to do reports (due to 
    short summer nights and sleeping a little whether I need 
    to or not)....
    Ed Cannon - - Austin, Texas, USA
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