Spectacular *Dual* Geosat Flare

From: Jeff Umbarger (jumbarger2000@yahoo.com)
Date: Sat Oct 15 2005 - 05:43:39 EDT

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    Hey All,
         While watching local midnite geosat flares I saw
    a geosat flaring at 7:30:00 UT around 1 hr 16 min RA
    and -5 deg 17 min Dec. By 7:34 UT a second flare was
    occurring less than 1 deg to the first ones west. By
    7:35 UT both were flaring at +1.5mag - spectacular!
    They looked much like the compact optical double just
    west of Aldebaran only more separated and brighter.
    You could see the orientation of the Clarke Orbit! By
    7:41 UT they were both invisible. Oh the joys of
    October local midnite geosat flare season!
         Jeff Umbarger
         Plano, TX USA
         Lat: 33.0695N
         Lon: 96.7681W
         UTC - 5hr
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