Re: News report: "Bankrupt Iridium receives another bid"

From: Robert Reeves (reeves10@swbell.net)
Date: Sun Aug 27 2000 - 20:06:45 PDT

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    > >  More recently, however, Iridium has sought court injunctions to
    > >  prevent Motorola from destroying the constellation ....
    >
    > Question:  Is the above information on-topic?
    >
    > Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
    Close enough for me because I got nuked by an Iridium last night at my
    observatory in Vanderpool, Texas.  Last night was the first astronomically
    decent night in South Texas since summer began so I hotfooted it out my
    observatory.  I was actually outside my observatory doing piggyback
    astrophotography while talking to a friend on my cell phone.  Suddenly
    everything lit up and I thought a car was coming down the road at me.  When
    I looked down the road to the north, I saw an Iridium building intinsity
    just below Polaris and it got REALLY bright.  It was as bright an Iridum I
    ever saw, but I hadn't even bothered to make any predictions, so i don't
    know which one it was.  Fortunately, I usually aim a meteor patrol camera
    with a 28 mm lens at Polaris and let it run all night while I'm at the
    observatory.  It bagged the Iridium in good style.
    
    Robert Reeves                      reeves10@swbell.net
    520 Rittiman Rd.                   www.robertreeves.com
    San Antonio, Texas 78209    210-828-9036
    USA                                     29.484  98.440  200 meters
    
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