Two Gorizonts and apparently NOSS 5(D) flare

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Mon Jun 14 2004 - 05:45:33 EDT

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    PPAS reports on Gorizont 13 (86-090A, 17083) and 29 (93-072A, 22907):
    
    86- 90 A 04-06-14 05:02:23   EC  864.0 0.2  10 86.40  +5.5->inv
    93- 72 A 04-06-14 05:54:38   EC  962.6 0.3  12 80.22  +6.0->inv
    
    With Mike's 8-inch (200mm) scope, Gorizont 29 had a tertiary 
    maximum at 1/4 cycle, a long secondary at 1/2 cycle, and was nearly 
    invisible for the last quarter of each cycle.
    
    We had very annoying clouds for quite a while, and they prevented 
    observing Superbird A.  Lightning flashes were visible to the SSW.  
    After 11:00 PM local time the sky cleared and was very nice until 
    we left after 1:00 AM.
    
    In the vicinity of USA 129 in the northeast, there was a first
    magnitude object going straight down.  It appears that this was 
    NOSS 5(D) (83-056D, 14144), almost always a very faint object.  
    USA 129 went a few degrees above it, as seen with 8x42 binoculars.
    
    Iridium 44 (97-077B, 25078) was tumbling, but the clicks that I 
    got seem to be completely random:  17.05, 18.28, 14.55, 31.00, 9.85, 
    14.32, 34.18, 24.99, 2.01.  At least a few of those were very bright.
    
    BCRC site: 30.315N, 97.866W, 280m.
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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