Tumbling Satellite?

Thu, 18 Feb 1999 18:46:54 +0100


I watched what should have been SL-16 Rocket (98054B/25407) pass by last
night.  I varied in magnitude from nearly invisible in my 10x50 Bell &
Howells to visible to the naked eye (est. +4.0) with a period of
approximately 10 seconds.

Is this one known to tumble in its orbit?  Is there more information out
there on the web about tumbling satellites?

Troy Hedgepeth
Chesapeake, Virginia, USA
36.7653N 76.2178W, 6m