Fluttering satellite

From: William Keel via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:46:10 -0500
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> Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:58:39 +0000
> From: Michael Boschat via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
> To: "SeeSat-L_at_satobs.org" <SeeSat-L_at_satobs.org>
> Subject: Fluttering satellite
>
> Hi:
>
>
> Saw the ISS pass here at 0027 UT a few minutes later 0029 UT I  
> *just* saw a fainter satellite
>
> ""fluttering"" as it made a short path near Rho Sagittarius. It was  
> going to the south. Took a photo of it,
>
> as we had clouds come over! ughh.. but cannot find it listed on  
> Heavens Above. 1st time I seen a satellite
>
> "flutter".


That might be one of the deactivated/"dead" Iridium satellites - I've  
seen them do very eye-catching and apparently random
flash patterns, some quite bright. I can't find some of the old  
constellation lists - Wikipedia lists 28 and 33 as failed
and still in orbit (although Heavens-Above shows all their Halifax  
passes near then as northbound, so it would
have to be another).

Bill Keel
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