Iridium 13 mag -6 flare

Tristan Cools (
Sat, 20 Sep 1997 22:55:57 +0200 (MET DST)


A magnificent mag -6 flare was seen this evening from Iridium 13/97-30E:
Comming from 42 Cas with mag 7, it became graduately brighter until this
flare was seen during maybe 3s close to pi Peg.

In Ron's format this means:

NORAD   date       time   Dir  aI eI  aM  eM  aS   eS Phs  Dur  Mag Obs
xxxxx  dd-mm-yy  hh:mm:ss  x  xxx xx  xxx xx  xxx -xx xxx  tt  Sn.n  II

24840  20-09-97  19:19:50  S  124 54   80 62  290 -14 xxx  03  -6    TC

Does anyone have a definate identification about the Chinese 97-48 objects ?

I saw 97-48F this evening at only 209km.  It was fairly bright mag +3 and
moving very fast.  I think this must be a rocket or something.
I wonder if there is a flare-chance for the Chinese Dummy Iridium
satellites.  How do they look like ?

Tristan Cools
BWGS member(Belgian Working Group Satellites)

Damse Vaart:    3.2478E/51.2277N 3.75m
Rijckevelde:    3.2856E/51.2045N 6.25m
Brugge     :    3.2166E/51.2104N 5m