Intelsat 1R flare observation, and what I have notice with it

From: Kevin Fetter (
Date: Sat Jul 26 2008 - 12:40:20 UTC

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    Intelsat 1R ( 26608 ) was seen naked eye at around 3:22 UTC ( July 26 ). Could be seen with the eye, for a few minutes.
    It looked to be in the 4th mag range.
    Area of sky at the time
    20 h 52 m R.A
    -6 deg 40 min Dec
    Sun was at
    8 h 22 m R.A
    +19 deg 23 min Dec
    I have found by many night of observing it, both now and in Feb/Oct, that when the geo sat reaches a area in R.A that is roughly 30 arc minutes give are take, from the opposition area, it appears at it's brightest.
    So for example, last night the sun would be at
    8 h 22 m R.A
    So the opposition area is 
    20 h 22 m R.A.
    Ie 12 hours in R.A are 180 degrees from the sun.
    So adding 30 arc minutes to that equals 20 h 52 m R.A, are the area where Intelsat 1R appeared brightest, as shown above.
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