RE: A Strange Flare

From: Ted Molczan (ssl3molcz@rogers.com)
Date: Tue Oct 25 2011 - 13:39:33 UTC

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    Carlos Bella wrote:
    
    > On the morning of october 21 I use my WATEC Ultimate camera to film the
    > Orionids meteor shower but one thiny and fast event catch my attention.
    > 
    > In one of the videos, captured automatically by the software UFOCapture, I
    > register a curious flare that gradually increased the brightness up to mag
    > -1.2. I think that can discount the possibility of a satellite flare because
    > itīs absolutely static in the time interval of the growing brightness. But I
    > can be wrong.
    
    As Kevin Fetter just posted, it appears to be a flash from a satellite in GEO. 
    
    Scaling from your video (on Sky Atlas 2000.0), it appears that the object was near R.A. 03:28, DEC +2.5. The time on the
    video was 2011 Oct 21 04:15:31 UTC. Several satellites were in the vicinity, including Thaicom 3 (97016A / 24768) a
    retired comsat, which Kevin has observed to flash with a long interval between flashes.
    
    http://space.skyrocket.de/doc_sdat/thaicom-3.htm
    
    TDRS 9 (02011A / 27389) also was in the same area, but a quick search of our archives turned up only flare reports, not
    brief flashes.
    
    Ted Molczan
    
    
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