Telstar 401

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Wed Nov 26 2003 - 05:03:21 EST

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    I was able to do some observing in spite of considerable 
    The one I saw last night with a 113-second flash period 
    was Telstar 401 (89-041A, 20040).  Tele-X had drifted 
    several degrees to the west.  This episode was cut short 
    by a large, dense mass of cirrus.  PPAS report:
    93- 77 A 03-11-26 03:26:19   EC  564.9 0.4   5 113.0  0.0?->inv (cirrus)
    Superbird A (89-041A, 20040) through the cirrus -- A few 
    of the flashes were smeared out due to the intervening 
    cloud layer.  I saw it from 3:09:35 to 3:15:00 Nov 26 UTC.  
    There was a single flash very near Superbird A at about
    3:11:43.0.  I didn't see another one during the next 
    three-plus minutes.  It seems that Eutelsat 2 (84-081A, 
    15158) may have been in the proper place to have been the 
    source of that flash, slightly higher and south of 
    Superbird A.  The clouds made it hard to get much better
    than that position.  Previously Paul Gabriel saw one 
    flashing low in the west that seemed to be matched by 
    Eutelsat 2.  Maybe someone can confirm it for certain on 
    this round.
    Location:  E. Ney Museum grounds, 30.307N, 97.727W, 150m.
    Ed Cannon - - Austin, Texas, USA
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