RE: Unid flasher?

From: Andy Kirkham (
Date: Tue Aug 17 2004 - 09:16:20 EDT

  • Next message: Leo Barhorst: "LB obs 2004 Aug 16"

    > >Anyone know of any "flashers" passing close
    > >(just below) to Hamal then Sheraton at
    > >22:57:30 (+/-30secs) UTC 16 Aug as seen from
    > >56.091N, 3.163W ??
    > It doesn't quite fit your description, but I think the tumbling
    > Iridium, 97-30G #24842 is a likely candidate. It was going southbound,
    > but passed ABOVE Hamal. Time above Hamal was 22:56:17, which is outside
    > your reported range. However this Iridium does give spectacular flashes
    > as the sunlight glints off the antennae.
    Thanks for that. I can't be sure of the exact position
    of the first flash, above or below Hamal as it was that
    flash that brought my attention to that area of sky. So 
    it well may have been above. "Close" is prob a better 
    description. So, it seems a best fit to me.
    I did take a quick look at your 16Aug obs report to see
    if it was there but I guess you were looking the "other
    way" at the time (for those that don't know or haven't
    worked it out, Russell lives just the south side of the
    Forth Estuary from myself. We may well be reporting 
    similar "obs in time" soon once I have got sorted out in
    the new house :)
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