Tumbling Atlas 5 Centaur rocket body?

From: Paul Floyd (p.n.floyd@gmail.com)
Date: Sat Dec 28 2013 - 00:51:36 UTC

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    Hi,
    
    I saw a pass over Canberra, Australia last night by 30778 - which
    Heavens-Above.com lists as a Atlas 5 Centaur rocket body.
    
    While I observed the pass, I noticed a regular decrease/increase in
    brightness of the object. Am I correct in assuming that this means the
    object is tumbling or rotating?
    
    Thanks for any replies.
    
    Regards,
    
    Paul Floyd.
    www.nightskyonline.info
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