Re: Long, bright flare

Bjoern Gimle (b_gimle@algonet.se)
Sun, 19 Sep 1999 09:04:16 +0200

>
>] At about 2:48 UTC on 17 Sept I happened to see a brighter-than-Vega
>] "star" making a flat, down-pointing isoceles triangle with alpha
>] and beta UMi Polaris and Kochab).  ...  The preliminary candidate
>] seems to be Cosmos 2344 (24827, 97-28A),
>
>Last night (early 18 Sept UTC) both Sue Worden and I observed a similar,
>though less spectacular display below and brighter than Polaris.  Again the
>best candidate seems to be Cosmos 2344.  This one may be predictable.  Both
of
>these have been low in the NNW to north with it fading as it travels on to
the
>NNE.
>
I watched it on a high pass from Vega over alp Cep and above Cassiopeia,
going from +5.7 to +4.3 in a regular fashion, easyly one-power for many
minutes from my dark location, then followed it down to about 18 deg. el.
in binoculars. No unexpected light variation   ( 20:00 to 20:14:30 UT)


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