Alert: Iridium 27 decay may occur over SoCal

From: Matson, Robert (
Date: Thu Jan 31 2002 - 16:33:34 EST

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    Hi Alan and List,
    I've taken a look at the upcoming Iridium 27 decay, and there's at
    least a chance that this will decay over southern California this
    evening at around 19:47 PST (3:47 UT on Feb. 1).  This would be
    on a northbound pass just west of Los Angeles (almost directly
    over Malibu).  The other thing favorable about this pass is that
    it is just a few minutes after perigee.  Unfortunately it's a bit
    too long after sunset to be a sunlit pass, so it would only be
    visible if it actually reenters at that time.  Certainly worth a
    look; it is absolutely crystal clear in southern California right
    now with about 6 hours to go...
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