ETS-6 Flashes

From: Edward S Light (
Date: Sun Jan 16 2000 - 05:20:56 PST

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    Nine days ago (2000 Jan 08/04:05 UTC) we observed ETS-6 (23230=94-056A)
    flashing feebly (6th magnitude max) just before shadow entry whereas,
    apparently, almost every one else who looked for it saw brilliant naked
    eye flashes.  This evening, despite the brightening moon, we wish to try
    again; this object will pass just below Orion's feet on its way to
    shadow entry about 22:42 EST (03:42 UTC on Jan 17) a few degrees from
    Sirius. My question is at what point should we "expect" to see these
    fabled bright flashes? Our local weather forecast is for cold
    and, with the moon "contaminating" the sky, it's not the kind of night
    to sit outside for any length of time.
    If the earlier brightenings were so easily visible in, say, Maryland,
    is not much south of us, logic (?) would imply that we ought to be able
    to see such a show up here.
    Thanks in advance for any advice.
    Clear and dark skies!
    Ed and Darlene Light
    Lakewood, NJ, USA
    40.1072 N, 074.2317 W, 69 ft 
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