RE: Flashing Object

From: Young, Brad (Brad.Young@williams.com)
Date: Fri Jan 27 2012 - 17:07:39 UTC

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    George said:
    
    >It is common for satellites to speed up their rotation after they go out of 
    >service (IRAS is out of commission).
    
    I did not do a PPAS report on the last time I saw IRAS (13777), which was 1/24/12, due to naked eye observation only, and that it was more irregular and brighter than I remember. I did notice shorter flashes, as bright as 1st magnitude. If there was any kind of periodicity, it was close to 8-10 sec.
    
    If anyone would like the timings let me know and I'll scan them but it was pretty wild.
    
    Brad Young
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