observations from Netherlands

From: MALEY, PAUL D. (JSC-DO) (paul.d.maley1@jsc.nasa.gov)
Date: Fri Dec 08 2000 - 06:37:54 PST

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    This week each night after attending meetings at ESA's ESTEC facility I have
    tried to do some sat observing from near my hotel in Noordwijk Aan Zee. The
    usual weather passages brought cold and rainy weather, but in between I
    observed one interesting naked eye flasher which produced specular flashes
    of -1 heading north to south on 5 December 2000 at 0537UT; at that moment it
    passed near Eta Ursa Majoris. After returning to Houston this morning, I ran
    SKYMAP and did not find a match except for Iridium 9 heading at the right
    time, but in the the opposite direction. This object had primary flashes 8
    seconds apart with a secondary visible at +3 occuring 1 second or so after
    the primary max. A very interesting object to watch. Anyone have any idea
    which object it was?
    Also observed Iridium 61 at -1 (prediced at -3) on 3 December at 1625UT,
    Iridium 83 at -4 on 5 December at 0527UT, (predicted at -1), and while
    outside Schipol airport in Amsterdam Iridium 17 at -7 (predicted at -3) on 7
    December at 0704UT. 
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