Re: Tumbling Satellite?

Tyler MacKenzie (
Thu, 18 Feb 1999 14:19:54 -0400

Troy Hedgepeth wrote:

>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.

I too saw this sat make a nice 87 degree pass over southeastern New
Brunswick, Canada, on 16 Feb.  I was mainly watching Gorizont 14 flashing
from 39,500 km away with one side of my busted and cheap binoculars.  I
took a break and watched SL-16 go by.  At 6x it was pulsing smoothly from
near mag. 2 to 6-7 over about 10 seconds or so.  Seemed golden-coloured
near maximum.  Very nice.

Tyler MacKenzie  MTX
Sackville, N.B., Canada
45.885 -64.368  +15m   Z-0400