Re: Iridium 4 at -2 magnitude!

Ron Lee (
Sat, 16 Aug 1997 10:56:58

This is great!   Perhaps in one of the coming launches someone will
see all 5 flash in sequence while still close together.

Ron Lee

At 10:13 97/8/16 -0400, you wrote:
>Observation date:  1997 08 15  UT
>Observation Location: 44.2357N   76.5113W   98 metres
>I was observing on Thursday evening when my attention was drawn to a very 
>bright object in the northeast.  It is difficult to give a reasonable 
>estimate of the brightness but it was much brighter than Jupiter.  The 
>magnitidude -2 is only  a guess for 'WOW that's bright'.  It stayed very 
>bright for several seconds and then faded slowly.  As it faded, I picked 
>it up in my 80 mm f/5 telescope at 32X.  It faded to a bit less than 6th 
>magnititude by the time it passed 2 degrees above kappa pegasus at 
>01:54:31 +/- 1 second.   The timing is dead on for Iridium 4 ( 97 020E, 
>24796) and the brightness is typical of the Iridium satellites.  I have 
>observed all of the first batch.  

>Brian K. Hunter                 
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