R: RE: A Strange Flare

From: satrack@libero.it
Date: Tue Oct 25 2011 - 14:10:41 UTC

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    I just quickly superimposed the photo with a simulated view and it seems to 
    match very well TDRS 9.
    I will try later with a better accuracy.
    
    Simone
    
    
    >----Messaggio originale----
    >Da: ssl3molcz@rogers.com
    >Data: 25-ott-2011 15.39
    >A: <seesat-l@satobs.org>
    >Ogg: RE: A Strange Flare
    >
    >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
    >> it´s 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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