Possible flashes from ISS/Soyuz?

From: Robert Holdsworth (robbonz1@xtra.co.nz)
Date: Mon Apr 28 2003 - 03:09:29 EDT

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    An irregularly flashing object to around mag -2 was observed today 28 April
    at 18:29 local (06:29 UTC) in the Northeastern sky after successful docking
    of the ISS and TMA-2 at 0556 UTC.  The timing of the sighting  corresponds
    with a predicted pass of ISS but also of Progress M-47 DK. Unfortunately my
    watch is giving problems so I cannot give an exact time of sighting or flash
    timings.  ISS was due to enter the Earth's shadow at 18:30:24- I could not
    observe the full pass owing to cloud overhead.
    Is it likely that ISS/Soyuz would flash in this manner while in its present
    mode and configuration? (It was in orbit coast mode and still is at the time
    of sending this email.)  Or is it more likely that it was Progress M-47 DK?
    If it was ISS this is probably one of the earliest sightings of the combined
    craft as since leaving Kazakhstan the only other inhabited area the station
    passed over since docking appears to have been Papua-New Guinea.
    Robert Holdsworth
    New Zealand
    41.26100S, 174.94700E
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