Obs 15 February

From: Mir16609@aol.com
Date: Tue Feb 15 2000 - 20:46:23 PST

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    In PPAS format:
    94- 56 A 00-02-16 01:25:17.7 JDG 156.8 0.3  14 11.20  F'fF'f mag1->+3->inv 
    11.2=2.8+8.4
    89- 04 A 00-02-16 02:53:41.8 JDG 898.7 0.3  11 81.70  +6->inv
    88- 98 A 00-02-16 03:22:34.3 JDG 482.2 0.3  15 32.15  +2->inv
    88- 98 A 00-02-16 03:34:20.2 JDG 610.2 0.3  19 32.11  +1->inv
    88- 98 A 00-02-16 03:41:33.3 JDG 257.3 0.3   8 32.16  +1->inv
    
    Iridium 85 made an interesting pass.  It was visible at 1x for most of the 
    pass - about a +3.5 mag.  The pass produced several bright flashes between 
    23:39 28 and 23:41:02 UTC 15 February.   The flashes were not in a repeating 
    pattern nor were they grouped into sets.   It traveled S->N in the east, 
    passing R->L below beta-Gemini (90az, 42 el) at 23:39:45 UTC.   Strange pass, 
    even for an Iridium.
    
    The flashes for ETS-6 (23230, 94056A) were centered around 01:23:45 UTC 16  
    February
    
    Gorizont 17 (19765, 89004A) makes for an easy target while waiting for TDF-1 
    to begin flashing.  
    
    TDF-1 (19621, 88098A) began flashing at 03:14:33 UTC 16 February.  There were 
    3 distinct flashing periods separated by 1.5 minutes and 3 minutes, 
    respectively. Flashes during the first half of each reported period were 
    brighter than the second half.   Again, I did not observe any double flashes.
    
    Cheers
    Don Gardner  39.1796 N, 76.8419 W, 34m ASL
    Homepage: http://hometown.aol.com/mir16609/
    
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