request for identification

From: Tristan Cools (
Date: Mon May 28 2001 - 01:32:50 PDT

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    A fellow from the Belgian Astronomical Association(VVS) has a request for
    identifying a flashing satellite which was observed on May 24 at 23h10m UTC.
    The satellite came from the constellation Hercules and went through UMA.
    I have no exact location coordinates but it must have been close to 5d15m E
    and 50d50m N.
    This satellite has been observed by more than one observer and flares of it
    were seen every 3 to 4 seconds.  The flares had a maximum brightness of
    about mag -1 and the overall brightness of the satellite was mag +3.
    Bram Dorreman, president from the BWGS, suggested that it could be a
    fragment from an exploded rocket stage in a polar orbit.
    I didn't find any candidate, can someone else identify it ?
    Tristan Cools
    Belgian Working Group Satellites(BWGS)
    Ryckevelde:  3.2856E/51.2045N - OBS place 2
    Brugge:      3.2166E/51.2104N - OBS place 3(home)
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