Cosmos 1408 fl-a-a-r-r-e ?

Robert G Fenske Jr (fenske@rgfpc.electro.swri.edu)
Tue, 15 Dec 1998 08:59:13 -0600 (CST)

	Yesterday in the evening's lingering twilight, I stepped outside
about a minute early to watch a -7 Iridium flare.  About 30 seconds later
I spied a growing bright point (~00:19 15 Dec 98 UTC) about 30 degrees
east of the expected flare location.  It flared up to a little brighter
than Jupiter (~-3) as though it were the Iridium flare--it was just at the
wrong time in the wrong location. It stayed -3 for about 20 sec, then
faded to about +0, stayed there for about 20 sec, then faded to +2-+3 for
about 20 sec, then faded away.  Since I paid so much attention to this
event I never saw the expected Iridium flare.  Afterwards the only
satellite I found that more or less matched was Cosmos 1408 (#13552).  Has
anyone seen this behavior from this satellite before?


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