Iridium 79 obs

Mir16609@aol.com
Sun, 22 Nov 1998 17:40:30 EST

Hello Everyone,

Iridium 79 would appear to be tumbling.   I observed it as it passed just over
Saturn.  The brightest flash occurred at 17:31:42 EST (22:31:42 UTC).  There
was a flash about every 6 seconds or so.  There was too much ambient light to
get a good read on the brightness.   Iridium 44 passes in the same general
area of the sky a few minutes before the I79 pass and I could not find it.
I79 was easy to resolve, even when it was not flashing.

Cheers
Don Gardner
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