Re: Starshine 3 observation

From: Tristan Cools (
Date: Wed Oct 10 2001 - 16:57:04 EDT

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    At 05:17 8/10/01 +0930, you wrote:
    >Starshine 3 flashes observed  during a 67 degree max. elevation pass
    >at about 19h 01m 30s UTC October 7. Observed naked eye for large field
    >coverage. 3 flashes seen over a 80 degree arc before proximity to moon
    >made observation pointless
    >1. 19:01: 32.8    mag 0.5
    >2. 19:02: 31.0    mag 1.0
    >3. 19:03  06.6    mag 2.0
    >Cospar 8597( 34.9638S, 138.6333E, 100m asl)
    >Tony Beresford
    There doesn't seem to be much difference with Starshine 1.  I thought this
    satellite would get more 'momentum' to produce more flashes but this
    doesn't seem to be the case.
    I would suggest to compare it with the Ajisai(86-61A) which is of similar
    design and in a much higher orbit.  This ball with mirrors produces sharp
    flashes constantly.
    Tristan Cools
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