Iranian objects seen from Edinburgh

From: Russell Eberst (
Date: Tue Feb 03 2009 - 19:51:53 UTC

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    Alan Pickup wrote:
    > In the last few minutes I have observed what I think are the two objects
    > from today's Iranian satellite launch.
    > Object #33506 = 09-004A = the Omid satellite was spotted passing the
    > star Mu Andromedae at 18:39:30 UTC when its predicted slant distance was
    > ~330km and altitude 60 deg. Its magnitude was varying regularly between
    > about 5 and fainter than 7 in an approximate period of 1 second. Sorry I
    > didn't get an accurate position or period measurement.
    > Object #33507 = 09-004B = the Safir-2 rocket (with the more eccentric
    > orbit) passed close to Beta Andromedae at 18:49:50 UTC at a slant range
    > of ~370km and also near a 60 deg altitude. It appeared more steady in
    > brightness near mag 4.5, but did brighten to perhaps 3 briefly. Again.
    > No accurate position obtained.
    > Alan
    I can confirm Alan's observations, but with precise positions (to follow).
    Magnitude estimates in reasonably good agreement, despite the presence
    of the Moon nearby.
    best wishes
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