Bright Iridium Dummy Mass

J. Donald Gardner (fn470@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Tue, 30 Sep 1997 12:29:03 -0400 (EDT)

Observed one of the Iridium Dummy Masses last evening (29 Sept; 
19:41 EDT, 23:41 UTC;  NORAD 24930; 97048F).

It was 2 minutes earlier than predicted and fairly bright - about a 
0 Mag (as bright as Vega).  It was also moving very quickly 
across the sky - from Deneb to Altair in about 10 seconds.

The OIG predicts an October 6th decay.  It should be interesting
to watch until then.

Don Gardner
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76.8419 W, 39.1796 N, 37m ASL