Iridium 98 and Fengyun 1C Deb

From: Steve Newcomb via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Sun, 3 May 2015 03:29:42 +0000 (UTC)
I went outside to lay in chair on deck and watch Iridium 98 do a minor flare on a warm clear night. Before it happened I saw a satellite pass approximate 7 degree under Alkaid heading north. Estimated 4 to 5 mag. I then used Idsat and Skymap to find that it was 99025FL   29866   Fengyun 1C Deb. I thought this would be a first time sighting but I find that on Nov 12, 2010 I had identified this satellite on a photo I had taken of the ISS. I had noted that I estimated it be 7.5 mag.Tonight it was at perigee of 344 miles. Do not know what it was in 2010.I would guess that it must be a big piece of debris to be visible with the unaided eye.Also do not know the cause of this Fengyun debris.
Clear skies,SteveLat. 39.4707 Lon. -79.3388 Alt. 2753 ft. -4 UTC
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