McManus Obs 11-16 May 2001

From: Jim McManus (jimmcmanus@optusnet.com.au)
Date: Thu May 17 2001 - 07:11:12 PDT

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    Hi All
    
    Some recent observations, including a couple of old ones that I forgot
    about.
    
    The observation of DMSP B5D2-8 (95015A) was interesting. Apart from being
    64 s early on the 13 th, it was flashing from near invisibility to 2 or 3
    magnitudes brighter about every 2 seconds. Last I saw this object (a month
    ago) it was steady so I wondered if it might be something else. On the 16 th
    the object was steady at mag 6 and early by 70s. The time seems to confirm
    the earlier obs. The USA 89 PKM Rk (92086C) was late by 7 minutes.
    
    While looking for NOSS 2-3(E) on the 16 th, I unexpectedly saw two negative
    magnitude flares, spaced by 30s, which later checking showed were from OAO
    3.
    
    22638 93 026A   9127 E 20010504085328180 27 35 1254231-518967 56 S+075 05
    25724 99 023A   9127 E 20010506085441910 27 35 1114836+152711 56 S+075 05
    25724 99 023A   9127 E 20010511092227910 27 35 1311117-103039 56 S+065 05
    23862 96 029D   9127 E 20010512090009190 27 35 2254971-799705 56 S+075 05
    23908 96 029C   9127 E 20010513081022080 27 35 0659654-287367 56 S+075 05
    22639 93 026B   9127 E 20010513083737100 27 35 0634122-183669 56 S+070 05
    23533 95 015A   9127 E 20010513090405380 27 35 0613691-162136 56 F+085 05
    22519 92 086C   9127 E 20010514080133950 27 35 0906680-704424 56 S+075 05
    23533 95 015A   9127 E 20010516082242400 27 35 0915545-697701 56 S+060 05
    25744 99 028A   9127 E 20010516100145590 27 35 0649330-558213 56 S+060 05
    
    Cheers
    
    Jim
    
    COSPAR site # 9127 Lat 27.591S Long 153.050E Alt 19 m
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
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