RE: A Strange Flare

From: carlos.apodman@gmail.com
Date: Tue Oct 25 2011 - 14:34:36 UTC

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    Itīs possible,
    
    I look in Heavensat and Geostationary NSS-703 are in the approximate
    position of the flare. But working with UFOanalyzer I found the coordinates
    of the flash:
    
    Ra: 53o 04' 18"
    Dec: 02o 35' 16"
    
    Here the image with some stars and equatorial coordinates anoted:
    
    - http://img696.imageshack.us/img696/3711/clipboard02py.png
    
    
    I never saw a geostationary flare before. To be honest I did not think this
    kind of satellite could produce flares.
    
    Anyway I would be interested to watch the video of Paul, could be a similar
    situation.
    
    As sources to indentify satellites I custom use Heavensat, Heaven's Above,
    Visual Sat Flare and Satellite Tracker 3D.
    
    Exist other good sources can be indicated to this job ?
    
    
    
    
    I thank to the colleagues for their comments and opinions.
     
    Carlos Bella 
     
    -------Mensaje original-------
     
    De: Ted Molczan
    Fecha: 25/10/2011 11:39:56
    Para: seesat-l@satobs.org
    Asunto: 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
    > 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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