Iridium 27 Obs.

J. Donald Gardner (fn470@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Sun, 4 Jan 1998 18:56:22 -0500 (EST)

Just had my first look at Iridium 27 (24947, 97051D) since the 
reports of the strobe effect.

The unseasonably warm weather in the NE USA (68F, 20C) created
a haze.  With a nearly quarter moon, only bright passes were visible
using 10x50 binoculars.

Iridium 27 seemed to have a period of about 3 secs.  The flashes that 
I observed seemed to vary in brightnesess.  One was bright enough
to make me blink.

I wonder if Iridium LLC is planning to deorbit it?



Don Gardner
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