Iridium 79 also tumbling?

Chris Dorreman (bram.dorreman@skynet.be)
Sun, 22 Nov 1998 02:39:36 +0100

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Philipp Clark wrote:
    After seeing the Iridium flare videos at EUROCOM and hearing about =
GSOC I
    have actually been getting my hands "dirty" and going outside to =
actually
    look at satellites !  Primarily Iridium flares since near Heathrow =
even I
    can't miss them (!), but if there's something else I will have a =
look.=20
    Anyway, I saw Iridium 79 this evening at a steady magnitude (~2 ? - =
I am
    no good at such practicalities) but no flare at 18.02 GMT.=20
At the same time I was waiting for Iridium 44 (25078, 1997-077 B). As I =
did not yet observe Iridium 79 (25470,1998-051 D) before I looked at it =
briefly and saw it was not steady. I timed 3.78 and 14.14 seconds =
between successive flashes, of which the brightest was -2. Later I read =
Philipp's email and I now can believe he missed his flare. Yet another =
flashing Iridium. If I am well informed there are now 9 of them. Another =
three in about the same plane as Iridium 79. =20

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Philipp Clark wrote:
After seeing the Iridium flare videos at EUROCOM and hearing = about GSOC I
have actually been getting my hands = "dirty" and=20 going outside to actually
look at satellites !  Primarily = Iridium=20 flares since near Heathrow even I
can't miss them (!), but if = there's=20 something else I will have a look.
Anyway, I saw Iridium 79 this = evening=20 at a steady magnitude (~2 ? - I am
no good at such = practicalities) but no=20 flare at 18.02 GMT. 
At the same time I was waiting for Iridium 44 (25078, 1997-077 B). = As I did=20 not yet observe Iridium 79 (25470,1998-051 D) before I looked at it = briefly and=20 saw it was not steady. I timed 3.78 and 14.14 seconds between successive = flashes, of which the brightest was -2. Later I read Philipp's email and = I now=20 can believe he missed his flare. Yet another flashing Iridium. If I am = well=20 informed there are now 9 of them. Another three in about the same plane = as=20 Iridium 79.  
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