Mir and Iridium 24

J. Donald Gardner (fn470@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Sat, 6 Dec 1997 21:37:24 -0500 (EST)

Despite partly cloudy conditions which obscured most of the stars,
Mir came through wth a great pass.  It reached about a magnitude
-1.5 passing to the right of Altair at 22:37 UTC and over Deneb a 
minute later - nearly 80 deg above the horizon.  

As prediced by Iridflar, Iridium 24 (24905, 97043C) flared to about 
a -2 mag (-1.2 predicted) at 23:40:48 UTC about 15 deg below Cassiopeia.   
It was somewhat brighter than Mir.  For about 10 seconds prior to the
peak brightness it was about a 1 mag - brighter than nearby Polaris.

Don Gardner
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