All that glitters is USA 32...

Date: Fri May 25 2001 - 01:09:10 PDT

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         Dear all,
            After recent reports of USA 32 displaying unusual flash patterns I 
         decided to take a look at it, and it certainly is.  Observed it 
         flashing last night (24/5) around 21:54UT, object was not naked eye 
         visible for the majority of the pass but when it was visible it was 
         sparkling orange, I've never seen anything like it.  No way of 
         determining any kind of pattern for such rapid flashes.  Unusual 
         behaviour - well worth checking this object out.  I wonder what part 
         of the structure is causing this behaviour - is USA 32 tumbling?
         Sorry unable to get hold of Spacecom ID for this object at the moment.
         Best regards
         Matt Fawcett
         53.893N 0.273W 50m
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