Unid sats

From: Mark Harris (Mark.Harris@southsomerset.gov.uk)
Date: Mon Dec 18 2000 - 01:36:48 PST

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    Friday eve (15/12/2000) was a great evening for spotting
    stuff: I broke my record for an evening & saw 12 satellites
    which I could identify from Heavens Above. I also saw
    another 5, and if anyone could suggest what they are,
    I'd be grateful. (Apologies for the vagueness for some
    of these - I was running between windows at some
    points trying to spot as many as possible...)
    1. 17:13 GMT: heading East, right overhead.
    2. 17:44 GMT: heading North, approximately
    45 degrees altitude.
    3. Cosmos 1315 headed South between 17:49 and
    17:57 (max altitude: 67 degrees ENE). At approx
    17:54, it passed right next to another satellite
    heading North. I thought this might be Okean 1-7,
    but then I saw another sat which fitted the
    latter's predicted pass...
    4. 18:16 GMT: heading NNE, approximately
    45 degrees altitude.
    5. 18:31 GMT: 3 flashes (one definately negative mag)
    from within Cepheus: approx 22h30min, 65 degrees,
    near Aldermin and Alphirk.
    Many thanks for any assistance.
    50.9090N, 2.7890W
    P.S. Does anyone know of any mechanism for predicting
    positive mag Iridium flares?
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