Iridium Obs. Aug. 26, 1997 @ 12:34 UTC

JRBURCA@aol.com
Tue, 26 Aug 1997 11:01:18 -0400 (EDT)

I saw 4 Iridiums flare again this morning at approx. 12:34 UTC (5:34 AM 
PDT) or thereabout.  The first one was not so bright but the next three
flared in succession much brighter.  This time I paid closer attention to
magnitude comparison with Sirius.  The last three I believe got 
increasingly brighter at maximum flare I think.  The last two I'm sure
were definitely brighter than Sirius.  At one point we could see three
at a time naked eye!  After the flare phase, as usual, each dimmed.
I followed a couple for awhile with 8x56 binoculars after the flaring
spectacle was over.  This is my most interesting satellite observing
experience to date. 

It looks like this should repeat again tomorrow but 2 or 3 min. earlier.
I just hope we don't get the marine layer clouds rolling in.

Thanks to Ron Lee for sending me newer elements yesterday.  Here
are the elements he sent:

Iridium SV026    3.0  0.0  0.0  6.0 d            560 x 544 km
1 24903U 97043A   97236.92400375 -.00056136  00000-0  00000-0 0   216
2 24903  86.6992  39.3477 0011589 223.5927 136.4369 15.04813791   581
Iridium SV025    3.0  0.0  0.0  6.0 d            560 x 543 km
1 24904U 97043B   97236.99016176  .00000581  00000-0  38642-4 0   226
2 24904  86.6942  39.3173 0011977 219.6258 140.4100 15.04971385   597
Iridium SV024    3.0  0.0  0.0  6.0 d            560 x 543 km
1 24905U 97043C   97237.18954030  .00000054  00000-0  14530-5 0   236
2 24905  86.6905  39.2264 0011926 217.3881 142.6525 15.05002810   626
Iridium SV023    3.0  0.0  0.0  6.0 d            560 x 543 km
1 24906U 97043D   97236.92339376 -.00041452  00000-0  00000-0 0   227
2 24906  86.6963  39.3425 0012349 219.4486 140.5861 15.05052427   589
Iridium SV022    3.0  0.0  0.0  6.0 d            560 x 542 km
1 24907U 97043E   97236.92308289 -.00053653  00000-0  00000-0 0   199
2 24907  86.6959  39.3442 0013040 220.6107 139.4123 15.05165093   578
Iridm Delta r    5.9  2.4  0.0  5.6 d            537 x 209 km
1 24908U 97043F   97236.65084678  .00210374 -10035-5  39457-3 0   126
2 24908  82.6318  37.8121 0243029 337.1355  21.9211 15.65079136   562

Jake Rees
Burbank, Calif.
(longitude -118.3117, latitude 34.1817)