Possible flashing geosynch

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Sun Sep 15 2002 - 21:37:35 EDT

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    A report from two years ago of a very slow flashing satellite
    (period about 43 seconds, magnitude +4.5 more or less, from 
    about 2:00-2:20 UTC, when it grew too faint, observing site 
    about 40.0N, 88.6W) seems like it might match fairly well 
    with 80-004A, 11669, Fleetsatcom 3.  The observer had been 
    looking for/at Uranus at about that time.
    The satellite is currently at about longitude 110.6 west and 
    drifting very slowly eastward.  I plan to try to see it as 
    soon as weather permits.  We had a few days of bad haze and 
    air pollution and now have had two days of clouds with some 
    rain.  Of course telescopic observing is more efficient than 
    my (current) handheld 10x50s.
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
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