Iridium Confusion

finn@main.jetnet.ab.ca
Wed, 30 Dec 1998 19:23:34 -0700 (MST)

The sky cleared so i was able to do a little sat observing despite the very
bright moon. When i ran Iridflar to see if any flares would be predicted, it
gave a flare from Iridium 46 but stated:
 
Warning: incorrect Iridium # for NORAD #24905 in TLE file.
Iridium 46 should be 24.  Output will use (incorrect) Iridium 46.

This is the elset i used:

Iridium 46       3.0  0.0  0.0  6.0 d            780 x 776 km
1 24905U 97043C   98362.02640223  .00000183  00000-0  58252-4 0  2418
2 24905  86.4028 194.3867 0002431  66.7897 293.3581 14.34219072 70899

Checking with the Master Iridium List sent to the list, Iridium 46 is #24905
97043C while Iridium 24 is #25105 97082B. However checking with other
programs it seems that it was indeed Iridium 46 that flared. I had observed
Iridium 24 as it flashed but Iridium 46 was the one that flared so is
#24905 97043C Iridium 46 or should it be Iridium 24?

Jari
54.25N
110.11W
556m