From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Sun Oct 23 2005 - 18:26:19 EDT

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    This morning I happened to notice a zero magnitude slow-moving 
    southbound object in the northwest, in Perseus.  After about 
    three minutes or so I lost it behind trees low in the SSW, 
    south of Orion.  It was also almost time for ISS.  The object 
    was still about +2.0 at that point.  Findsat identified it as 
    Meteor 3-3 (20305, 89-086A).  At its culmination it was over 
    1,000 miles (1,600 km) range.
    Landsat 4 (13367, 82-072A) is making one-power passes each 
    morning, though the first one I saw a few mornings ago was the
    MOS 1-A (17527, 87-018A) did a flash about -5 magnitude this
    Iridium 51 (25262, 98-018A) flared to about -5 as predicted by
    I thought Superbird 6 (28218, 04-011A) might be a candidate 
    for Brad Young's flashing geo.  I looked for it for about half
    an hour last night but did not see any flashes.  As did 
    Russell, I got 15383 (84-113B) as the other possible candidate,
    but I ended up not looking for it.
    A night or two ago Mike tracked a very high object for about 
    half an hour, and there was no match for it.  It crossed the
    field of view with one of the classified geosynch Centaurs.
    I wonder how many such things are still up there, with that 
    one and the one Mike and I saw a couple of months ago and the
    one I saw a few weeks ago and the one Rainer saw a few days 
    Ed Cannon - - Austin, Texas, USA
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