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

From: Robert Reeves (
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 - - 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            
    520 Rittiman Rd.         
    San Antonio, Texas 78209    210-828-9036
    USA                                     29.484  98.440  200 meters
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