NOSS 2-2 visible without binoculars

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Mon Jun 07 2004 - 05:54:50 EDT

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    'Tis the season for one-power passes of NOSS triangles.  NOSS 2-2
    (91-76C, D, and E; 21799, 21808, 21809) was/were visible without
    binoculars (brightest about +3.5) for a minute or so, southbound, 
    about 40-50 degrees up moving from the west to southwest.
    Superbird A (89-041A, 20040).  I goofed on reading my predictions 
    (wrong hour) at first and got there late again.  It was visible 
    without binoculars from 2:59:27 to 3:04:41, although the last two 
    or three were quite faint, visible only due to no moonlight and 
    pretty good weather.
    Jari reported very rapid flashing from Iridium 920.  I've seen it
    do that before.  Last night it didn't do that here that I saw,
    but here's a PPAS report on two sets of ten of its very regular 
    tumbles (not specular, of which there are at least five surfaces), 
    each set exactly 13.00 seconds:
    97- 34 C 04-06-07 02:42:34.5 EC   26.0 0.1  20  1.30  
    Here's PPAS for CBERS 1 Rk (25942):
    99- 57 C 04-06-07 02:35:27.0 EC   38.1 0.5  10  3.81  
    PPAS format:
    I saw five or six unids.  BCRC: 30.315N, 97.866W, 280m.
    Ed Cannon - - Austin
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