RE: Tumbling Atlas 5 Centaur rocket body?

From: satrack@libero.it
Date: Sat Dec 28 2013 - 12:02:33 UTC

  • Next message: Paul Floyd: "Re: Tumbling Atlas 5 Centaur rocket body?"

    Hi Paul,
    
    we have more than 70 reports in our DB for this object:
    
    http://www.satflare.com/fpas_query.asp?sat=30778
    
    The following one is from Brad Young who estimated the rotation 
    period to 15.2 s on last September.
    
    http://www.satflare.com/fpas_reader.html?id=R8336A201309050141
    
    Regards,
    Simone
    
    
    >----Messaggio originale----
    >Da: p.n.floyd@gmail.com
    >Data: 28-dic-2013 1.51
    >A: "Seesat List"<seesat-l@satobs.org>
    >Ogg: Tumbling Atlas 5 Centaur rocket body?
    >
    >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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