Iridium Constellation

From: Bevan20 (mike@bevan20.freeserve.co.uk)
Date: Tue Jan 23 2001 - 07:24:26 PST

  • Next message: Jim McManus: "Possible obs of USA 116 22 Jan 2000 UT"

    My observations of the 4 unreliable ones are:-
    
    Iridium 51    (25262/98018A)
    14/10/99    20:07 UTC    Mag .0    Azm. 136    Elev. 53    As predicted
     01/03/00    18:53 UTC    Mag.-3    Azm.  13    Elev. 49    As Predicted
    
    Iridium 69    (25319/98026A)
    15/01/99    18:46 UTC    Mag. -8    Azm.  31    Elev. 43    As Predicted
    06/04/00    21:47 UTC    Mag. 3    Azm.  52    Elev. 31    As Predicted
    
    Iridium 2    (25527/98066A)
    16/09/00    20:20 UTC    Mag 2.5    Azm. 88    Elev. 41  Unexpected
    
    Iridium 73 (25344/98032C)
    No show
    
    As you say I51 & I69 are on station if a little unreliable, I2 is drifting
    but I do not think it's tumbling yet and its anybody's guess as to the state
    of I73. The recent sighting of a predicted flare of I73 seems to throw the
    tumbling theory out of the window.
    
    I'll keep watching if the weather will permit.
    
    Clear Skies
    
    Mike Bevan
    Poole, UK
    Lat. 50.7556N, Lon. 1.9803W, H 20m
    
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