Iranian objects seen from Edinburggh

From: Alan Pickup (
Date: Tue Feb 03 2009 - 19:07:44 UTC

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    In the last few minutes I have observed what I think are the two objects
    from today's Iranian satellite launch.
    Object #33506 = 09-004A = the Omid satellite was spotted passing the
    star Mu Andromedae at 18:39:30 UTC when its predicted slant distance was
    ~330km and altitude 60 deg. Its magnitude was varying regularly between
    about 5 and fainter than 7 in an approximate period of 1 second. Sorry I
    didn't get an accurate position or period measurement.
    Object #33507 = 09-004B = the Safir-2 rocket (with the more eccentric
    orbit) passed close to Beta Andromedae at 18:49:50 UTC at a slant range
    of ~370km and also near a 60 deg altitude. It appeared more steady in
    brightness near mag 4.5, but did brighten to perhaps 3 briefly. Again.
    No accurate position obtained.
    Alan Pickup /
    Edinburgh  /
    Scotland  / COSPAR 2707:  55.8968N   3.1989W   +208m   (WGS84 datum)
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