Iridium strobe reports

Sat, 3 Jan 1998 08:47:30 -0600

Jari and Craig reported observations of IR 27, one of two confirmed
non-operational Iridiums (IR 11 is not dead but oriented differently from
the rest). This shows that it is useful to observe all members of a
satellite group in order to understand their behavior including those that
are not producing flares. Useful information can be gleaned from a casual
observation of an object that is supposed to behave like all the others, but
clearly departs from the norm. I have been waiting for IR27 to become
visible here but having been out of town for much of December and poor
weather have minimized my observations. It is becoming too common place to
observe the monster/whopper flares from the regular Iridiums.

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