RE: What was it?

From: McConahy, Ralph (
Date: Tue Feb 22 2000 - 08:38:08 PST

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    Geoff Hart wrote:
    >While looking for the Resurs 01 R/B pass here in Oman, I witnessed a
    >flashing satellite about 5 degrees to the right of Orions Belt. Was this
    >Resurs or some other sat. My location is Ghala, Oman about 10 miles east of
    >Muscat and 5 miles inland 23.19.12N  58.13.12E and the sighting was about
    >19:34 local time. 15:34 GMT. It was a red colour to the naked eye  but was
    >not visible other than that. The flashes were intermittent and somewhere
    >around 3 to 5 seconds apart.
    Assuming by "Resurs 01 R/B" you mean (23343, 94-74A) it should have passed
    5-10 degrees left (east) of Orion's belt so most likely that wasn't it.
    Given the time and described track there are two candidates: Iridium 7
    (24793, 97-20B) and Cosmos 389 (04813, 70-113A). But neither of these, to my
    knowledge, are flashers. Perhaps we have another tumbling Iridium. 
    Another possibility: About 7 to 8 minutes later (1541 to 1542 UT), ETS-6
    (23230, 94-56A) would have been about 5 degrees west of Orion's belt, moving
    slowly from west to east. However, ETS-6 has a flash period much slower than
    what you observed.
      Ralph McConahy
      34.8829N  117.0064W  670m
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