Re: failed iridiums

Tue, 1 Jun 1999 15:25:05 -0400 (EDT)

> Did Iridium 48 fail?
> On the Visual Stellite Home Page, iridium 48 is not listed as a failed
> satellite, but on mike's site, it is listed as failed.
> So iridium 85 failed, one less satellite to produce those great flares.
> Kevin

Maybe not.  I observed a near-overhead pass of Iridium 85 on the evening of
5/30 and it exhibited a complex pattern of brightenings and dimmings, punctuated
by two strobe-like flashes of about mag -2.  The flashes were so brief that
an accurate magnitude estimate was difficult, but they were at least that

Nan D'Antuono

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