Flaring geosynch obs.

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Sat Mar 10 2001 - 13:29:34 PST

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    Last night I managed to observe one flaring geosynch from about 
    UTC 4:59 or 5:00 to 5:07 or 5:08.  Conditions weren't very good 
    -- moonlight, a little bit of very thin cloud, and I was in 
    town.  I was looking pretty far away from the Moon.  The rough 
    positions that I got (2000 RA 6:42, Dec -4.8, at 5:06:45) are 
    not accurate enough to distinguish between GE 8 (26639, 00081B) 
    and Aurora 2 (21392, 91-037A) which are only about half a 
    degree apart.  I wonder if Aurora 2 is still operational.  The 
    object reached about +5.5 magnitude, similar to a nearby star 
    (6:36:35, -5.21).
    Another topic.  In January 2000 James Husnay, Jr., reported on 
    a TV program called "Space: The Final Junkyard":
    It was broadcast again this week, and I how have cable TV, so I 
    got to see it.  It was pretty good.  It began with some film of 
    the Delta tank that landed near here in January 1997, followed 
    by film of Paul Maley watching things with his giant binoculars.  
    One thing it made me want to have is an LMT (liquid mirror 
    telescope -- scope+ccd = one million times as sensitive as the 
    human eye -- perhaps out of my price range)!  They showed several 
    objects crossing its field.  The one on this program is in New
    Mexico, USA; here's its Web site:
    Even I might be able to get good positional measurements with 
    one of those!
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
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