Re: Flashing geosynch, it would seem

From: Björn Gimle (
Date: Tue Nov 05 2002 - 14:04:13 EST

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    [Sent from work some six hours ago, but appears to have got stuck]
    ETS-6 was moving almost parallell to the flash track (so long episodes are
    probable) from the "B" surface, only about 5 degrees off my predicted flash
    track (in SSE, h=49-45 deg).
    Range 30000 km, moving 16 deg/h relative to the stars, but only 4 deg down - 2
    deg E.
    Full period = 19 s (sometimes secondary flashes are too faint)
    > I received a credible private report from Boulder, 
    > Colorado (40.015N, 105.270W acc. to Heavens-Above;
    > roughly about 1670 meters above sea level), of a near-
    > stationary flashing object being watched *without* 
    > magnification for an hour, from about 4:00 to 5:00 on 
    > Nov. 4 UTC.  The flash period was 20-22 seconds.  The 
    > position is uncertain beyond it likely being in the 
    > southwest, and the report is that it moved slightly 
    > east, if at all, during the hour.  In spite of the 
    > flash period, it does not seem possible to me that it 
    > could have been Superbird A (89-041A, 20040), because 
    > of the duration of the one-power observation.  Has 
    > anyone tried to observe Cosmos 2282 (94-038A, 23168)
    > lately?  I don't think the flash period could match 
    > ETS 6 (94-056A, 23230), plus the description of little
    > to no motion would not seem to match its pass very 
    > well.  None of the Gorizonts or other ones that I know 
    > of would seem to match.
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