Re: Tumbling Atlas 5 Centaur rocket body?

From: Paul Floyd (p.n.floyd@gmail.com)
Date: Sat Dec 28 2013 - 13:13:27 UTC

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    Simone,
    
    Thank you for taking the time to reply.
    
    I am going to fight off the mosquitoes tomorrow night and hopefully take a
    wide angle time exposure of the rocket body passing over Canberra tomorrow
    night.
    
    Regards,
    
    Paul Floyd.
    
    
    
    
    
    
    On Sat, Dec 28, 2013 at 11:02 PM, satrack@libero.it <satrack@libero.it>wrote:
    
    > Hi Paul,
    >
    > we have more than 70 reports in our DB for this object:
    >
    > http://www.satflare.com/fpas_query.asp?sat=30778
    >
    > The following one is from Brad Young who estimated the rotation
    > period to 15.2 s on last September.
    >
    > http://www.satflare.com/fpas_reader.html?id=R8336A201309050141
    >
    > Regards,
    > Simone
    >
    >
    > >----Messaggio originale----
    > >Da: p.n.floyd@gmail.com
    > >Data: 28-dic-2013 1.51
    > >A: "Seesat List"<seesat-l@satobs.org>
    > >Ogg: Tumbling Atlas 5 Centaur rocket body?
    > >
    > >Hi,
    > >
    > >I saw a pass over Canberra, Australia last night by 30778 - which
    > >Heavens-Above.com lists as a Atlas 5 Centaur rocket body.
    > >
    > >While I observed the pass, I noticed a regular decrease/increase in
    > >brightness of the object. Am I correct in assuming that this means the
    > >object is tumbling or rotating?
    > >
    > >Thanks for any replies.
    > >
    > >Regards,
    > >
    > >Paul Floyd.
    > >www.nightskyonline.info
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