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 FPAS Report Generator

FPAS Standard Reports

(FPAS version1.2.2)

FPAS Report Generator
(Flaring Position of Artificial Satellites)
Has the observer got a COSPAR
Station ID ?
Enter the observer's COSPAR ID: (4 digits)
Initial of Your First Name
Initial of Your Surname

Last digit of your year of birth:  (e.g. 3 for 1973)
Last digit of your day of birth:   (e.g. 5 for 15th)
This is your report number 
(for the day of this observation)
You are the observer of the reported event
You are creating the report but you are not the observer
You are creating just an example or a dummy report
Observer's Latitude (decimal deg. N)
Longitude (decimal deg. E)
Altitude (m)

Satellite's NORAD 

if you don't know which satellite flared leave NORAD field blank
Observation Date (UTC)
Time of the Flare Maximum (UTC)
Write the seconds only if you know them
-- How accurate is your knowledge of the Flare time?

You stated the accuracy inSeconds Minutes MX (IOD)
Which kind of event was observed?
A Flare
A Flash
An anti-Flare
A Steady Behaviour

a marked brighness decrease
the brightness was steady
How long was the satellite observed?
you can leave this field empty 
You stated the duration using:
Seconds Minutes 
Duration of the Event
(e.g. how long the flare was detectable)
You stated the duration using:
Seconds Minutes 
Maximum brightness Write the magnitude reached at the flare peak
(or the magnitude immediately before/after an anti-flare)
If you only know that the brighness increased by 2 mag. write: v2
Minimum brightness Write the magnitude immediately after/before the flare
(or the peak of an anti-flare)
If the satellite reached invisibility write inv
If you only know that the brightness decreased by 2 mag. write: v2

Can you provide information on 
the flash pattern or period?
Some of the following fields can be left blank:
Number of flashes:
Total time:
Time accuracy: 
Flash period:
the number of counted events
the total time in seconds which passed during the measurement
the accuracy in the measurement of the total time, in seconds
the time between flashes in seconds
the flash pattern as in the PPAS standard (max. 16 chars)
This event was Predicted
the event was predicted and the observer was waiting for it
not predicted, however the observer was observing this satellite
Spotted during an observation of other objects
Observed accidentally: no observation was being performed
You don't know how the observer got the event
Which instrument was used to observe? Unaided-eye
Which was the condition of the sky? Excellent
No Moon/clouds, great seeing, minimal air/light pollution
No Moon/clouds, conditions could be better, but not much
Young/old Moon, some air/light pollution: fainter stars invisible
Gibbous Moon, haze, more air/light pollution: more stars invisible
Bright Moon, air/light pollution, some clouds; difficult
Bright Moon, air/light pollution, looking through clouds
You don't know
How was the magnitude estimated?
By experience
Don't know
without a comparison
comparing with stars, seeing both the object at  the same time
comparing with stars, but without seeing both the objects
you don't know how the magnitude was estimated
Which is the uncertainty
of the estimated magnitude?
0.1 0.2 0.5
1   2   3
4   >4.5
Don't know
Was the observation continuous? Yes
Shortly interrupted
Don't know
The observation was continuous without interruptions
However no important events could be missed
Some important events could be missed due to interruptions
You don't know if the observation was continuous
Was the peak of the event observed? Yes
No (interrupted)
No (too late)
No (too early)
Don't know
The peak occurred while observing and it was observed
The peak occurred whille observing but the obs. was interrupted
The peak occurred before the start of the observation interval
The peak occurred after the end of the observation interval
You don't know if the peak of the event was observed
Which was the colour of the Flare? Neutral (White)
None of them  ------
Some more details about the colour:
No more details about the colour can be stated
The colour was Light (not marked)
Intense (the colour was very marked)

(Please describe the colour in the remarks section)
At the observation time the flare
position among stars was memorized
or recorded ?
How can you better
state the Flare position
in sky?
Through the coordinates RA and DEC
Through the coordinates AZ and EL
Through the name of the closest star
Through the closest star identified by its constellation and grade

Flare position:

Do you know how the satellite
was moving at the event time?

The satellite was: geostationary (steady, no movement perceived)
moving very slowly, difficult to perceive (< 0.1 deg/s)
moving slowly (around 0.2 deg/s)
moving (around 0.5 deg/s)
moving fast (around 1 deg/s)
moving very fast (> 1.5 deg/s)
Toward which direction
was the satellite
NE    N-NE    N    N-NW   NW
E-NE                              W-NW
E                                 W
E-SE                              W-SW

SE    S-SE    S    S-SW   SW

UL    U-UL    Up   U-UR   UR
L-UL                              R-UR
Left                              Right
L-DL                              R-DR

DL    D-DL    Down  D-DR  DR

I don't know!
Remarks Enter compact remarks
if needed to explain

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