Iridium 73 no-show

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Wed Aug 30 2000 - 02:37:17 PDT

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    Last night we had predictions for Iridium 73 ? and Iridium 66 to flare 
    very close to Polaris less than one minute apart.  Iridium 73 ? (25344, 
    98-32C) not only did not flare to -1, but I couldn't find it with 
    binoculars.  Iridium 66 flare was slightly off in magnitude and time 
    from prediction but not enough to matter much.
    
    Orion 3 (25727, 99-24A) to me seems to be something of a curiosity.  
    When it does not flash, it is very faint.  When it does flash, it is 
    awesome.  It would be great to know ahead of time which passes would be 
    spectacular!
    
    Beautiful Mir pass last night!
    
    I was observing Intelsat 512 from outside my apartment at 2:20 a.m.
    local time, and one of my neighbors (who was getting ready to do some
    laundry) got out his (7x35?) binoculars and saw a few of the flashes -- 
    pretty close to alpha Capricornus.
    
    Sure wish I could find time to identify the UNIDs I see almost every 
    session....
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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