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Date: Thu Jan 19 2006 - 06:16:42 EST

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    In the issue of New Scientist dated 21 January 2006, we find on
    the penultimate page (called the Last Word), this week's questions:
    Sleeping satellites
    A favourite pastime of ours while we were on holiday in Spain was to
    gaze at the night sky. There were no city lights nearby, no clouds and
    no moon to illuminate the sky. This meant that satellites roaming the
    night sky were a very common sight. However, occasionally a satellite
    would illuminate brightly and then fade.
    What caused this?
                                     Jan Krokowski, Glasgow, U.K.
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