Obs Mon eve: Superbird + others

Robert Sheaffer (sheaffer@netcom.com)
Tue, 16 Sep 1997 10:06:31 -0700

Observations 15 Sept. 1997    (Mon. Eve, 16 Sept UT)

03:05:09  UT      First observed bright flash from Superbird A
                  (#20040). Flashes seen every half-rotation
                  period (approx 11 sec) until 3:08:03, then remaining
                  flashes visible in 7x50 binoculars at 03:08:26,
                  03:08:50, 03:09:13, 03:09:36. Derived half-rotation
                  period was 11.61 sec.

03:28             Unexpected bright satellite, Mag 2, seen moving
                  southward from northern Hercules into Aquila.
                  Tumbling with period approx 1 min, becoming invisible,
                  then back to mag 2.  Path matches that of #18865,
                  Cosmos 1900.

03:30:40          Northbound unexpected satellite, mag 4, appulse w/ Eps
                  Cygni. Believed to be #16728, Cosmos 1745 rocket.


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