22 March Obs

Mon, 22 Mar 1999 22:16:49 EST

Hello Everyone.

NOAA 15 (25338) flared to about a +1 mag as it passed nearly directly overhead
at 01:04:50UTC

The Mir made a nice pass this evening, passing between the Moon and Venus
(265az, 35el) at 01:28 UTC.  For most of the pass it was a -1 mag.  As it
passed over Polaris it reached a -2 mag.

Iridium 20 Flash centers (23 March UTC):

The first obs of I20 was much different that the other two.   When I
reacquired I20 at 01:33:30 it was flashing at a frequency of about once every
0.9 secs.  The flashes were bright but not negative magnitude.   The other two
obs were more typical of this object: 3-4 clearly defined negative magnitude

Don Gardner
Homepage: http://hometown.aol.com/mir16609
39.1796 N,  76.8419 W, 34m ASL