re: Thoughts on the Upcoming Geosat Flaring Season

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Wed Feb 18 2009 - 00:43:16 UTC

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    Brad wrote:
    > ... a few objects that flare up at about 60 
    > degrees "off" the main area; Ed Cannon has 
    > described these before....
    Just a small correction -- they are actually
    45 degrees (three hours in RA) off.  The 
    ones I have seen have been 3 hours west of 
    the eclipse area.  I've never tried to see
    flaring geosats in the pre-dawn hours.
    I use the "Little Box" asterism a lot, but I
    didn't know its name before.  I've always 
    thought of it as "that rectangle".  This 
    season, the eclipse area has always been in 
    Sextans and southwest Leo (RA 10:30 to 11:30).  
    So the "3 hours west" area is 5:30 to 6:30.  
    The declination for them as seen from here 
    is -5.
    Ed Cannon - Austin, Texas, USA
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