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ALOS

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Observation of ALOS, #28931, 06-002A may yield some interesting results
during the coming visibility season.
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Re: ALOS

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Hi stella, had a completely cloudless day here today ... until around 22.30 BST which ruined any chance of catching the satellite on it's 22.44 BST pass, infuriating is not the word. Hopefully there will be better opportunities in the coming days.
What will be interesting about it stella, is it the varying brightness ?

(The weather also put paid to my chances of getting a shot of Iridium 53 a short while later)

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Re: ALOS

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"What will be interesting about it, Stella, is it the varying brightness ?"

yes, some extreme fluctuations in its brightness have been reported,
so all reports of the maxima and minima of its light curve would be of great interest.
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Re: ALOS and Landsat 4

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Another object showing vigorous fluctuations in brightness is Landsat 4 (82-72A)
which is visible from U.K. at present, going northbound in evenings.
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Stella, where do I get predictions from?
I know Heavens Above do some form, are there any others you recommend?
Cheers,
Steve
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Re: ALOS

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Hi Steve,
I have found 'Heavens Above' a satisfactory site, and therefore I haven't searched
for any alternatives. Heavensat and Calsky have good recommendations, and I expect
there will be others just as good.
The catalog number for Landsat 4 is 13367, and this should be entered in the box
in the 'Select another satellite' section on the H-A website.

Too many beginners get the impression that the I.S.S. is the only satellite worth
trying for, when there are plenty of others that can be just as rewarding.
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Re: ALOS

Post by sands »

Thanks, I used to observe satellites when I was in Luton in the 70's,and I found it convenient to mix timings of their transits while observing variable stars.As now when you go out with a list to observe nature throws a spanner in!
Steve Anderson
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