RE: Unknown Object Flared Followup

Kevin Fetter (kfetter@geocities.com)
Thu, 08 Jul 1999 14:18:16 -0400

Looks like you saw a iridium flare from Iridium 21A

Iridium 21A ? 
1 25778U 99032B   99188.12152485 +.00001457 +00000-0 +33615-3 0 00376
2 25778 086.5158 082.9764 0001753 061.6250 298.5133 14.54654534003674

It was predicted to occur around 22:38:46 EDT.

Kevin


Original Message was:

Hello.  I was observing with my telescope last night and saw a satellite
moving from NE to SE passing just east of Cygnus.  At around 10:40 it
flared brightly.  It was brighter than Venus when it did so.  It then faded
and I followed ith with binoculars for the rest of its pass.  Anyone have
an idea what it was?

John Kocijanski
Monticello, NY
41 35 N
74 40 W


The time was EDT.