some obs

Tristan Cools (
Mon, 15 Mar 1999 21:53:07 +0100 (CET)


I've seen two new flashers yesterday(March 14) and today the 15th.

99-4E/25624 which is the Soyuz/globalstar upper stage is a naked eye
flasher.  Comming as a nice flasher(15th) from the West it became steady
close to the Zenit.  It then disappeared into the Earth's shadow.  Flash
period is timed as 4.04s with a FF flash pattern.  Maximum magnitude was 2.

Not only Wire was a flashing object(missed it yesterday and today) but its
Pegasus rocket(99-11B/25647) is also an interesting object(14th).  Sometimes
difficult to measure because of missing flashes I've finally got a flash
period timing of 3.4s.  It became as bright as magnitude +6 with a flash
pattern of F'f'F'.


Tristan Cools
BWGS Member - Belgian Working Group Satellites

Observing at: Damse Vaart: 3.2486E/51.2279N/Rijckevelde:
3.2867E/51.2054N/Brugge: 3.1611E/51.2108N