1965-065B tumbling?

From: William Thompson via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2015 02:22:20 +0000 (UTC)
I was looking at Saturn while trying out my new telescope
(a Celestron 127EQ) when a satellite crossed the field
of view.  Some checking with Heavensat identified it as
1965-065B (#1508), the upper stage from a Thor-Ablestar launch.
It appears to be tumbling; brightness varied between
magnitude +7 (about as bright as Titan) to just barely
visible.  The change in brightness was steady, with several
peaks during the crossing.  Field of view was a bit more
than a half-degree.

--Bill Thompson
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