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Edward S Light (light@argoscomp.com)
Mon, 19 Apr 1999 12:52:34 -0400 (EDT)

Kevin Fetter recently wrote here ...

>
> Last Apr 8/98, I had taken a photo of an iridium (24872) flare. When I was
> recently looking at the slide I noticed a streak of light on the slide from
> an unknown satellite. I have been unable to identify it.
>
> Details
>
> Apr 8/98 between 8:48:30-8:49 UTC
>
> approx position
>
> RA  14 h 55 m
> DEC +28 deg 16 min
>
> 44.6062 N
> 75.6910 W
> 95m

Using a "Molczan" file of 980409 and a "Kelso" tle.175 file of 980408 and
SkyMap, the only likely candidates I found were:


23854 96-025B  Cosmos 2332 R/B
   which passed about 4 degrees below the flaring Iridium, moving to the
   upper right at approximate magnitude 6,

20775 90-078B  Cosmos 2098 SL-8 R/B
   which passed about 8 degrees below the flare, moving towards the lower
   left at magnitude 6, and,

04370 70-028B  Cosmos 332 SL-8 R/B
   which passed about 7 degrees above the Iridium, moving leftward at mag 5.


However, all of these were 1-2 minutes later than the time range you
quote (the closest being 23854.



Clear and dark skies!
   Ed Light

Lakewood, NJ, USA
N 40.1072, W 074.2317, Hgt +21 m (69 ft)