flaring geosats: Inmarsat

From: Ed Cannon (edcannonsat@yahoo.com)
Date: Mon Mar 07 2011 - 23:16:55 UTC

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    We've been seeing some good flaring geosats in the
    last week, even though it's a few days "early".  
    Mike found five in a group the other evening just 
    by looking at the right declination after I told 
    him where I was seeing some with my binoculars, the 
    little 8x42.  I believe those three were (1) one of 
    the Amazonas satellites (either 28393, 04-31A, or 
    35942, 09-54A), Echostar 12 (27852, 03-33A), and 
    Echostar 15 (36792, 10-34A).  Also nearby but south 
    of plane from those was TRDS 9 (27389, 02-11A).
    Four others I've seen, even without my binoculars, 
    are Star One C1 (32293, 07-56A), Star One C2 (32768,
    08-18B), GE 4 (25954, 99-60A, a.k.a. AMC-4), and 
    GE 6 (26580, 00-67A, a.k.a. AMC-6).
    Last time I saw, without binoculars, one very bright
    one that I can't narrow down farther than it being 
    one of these: 25004, 27852, or 36792.
    I also wanted particularly to mention that every
    evening we've been out in the last week I've very
    easily seen Inmarsat 3-F4 (24819, 97-27A), which 
    has been about 1.5 degree north of the equatorial
    Finally, I've seen one about three hours to the 
    east of the shadow entry position:  GE 1 (24315, 
    96-54A, a.k.a. AMC-1).  I'm not as familiar with
    that part of the sky this season as the flaring
    area in September.
    Ed Cannon - Austin, Texas, USA
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