Some tumbling objects, including Celestis

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Tue Jul 25 2000 - 02:11:11 PDT

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    Iridium 920 (24871, 97-34C) made another "many one-power flashes"
    pass last night (early July 25 UTC), a few perhaps +0.  The 
    supercycle was evident; it flashed a number of times, disappeared 
    for a few seconds, and then returned to flashing again.  It also 
    "sparkled" during parts of the pass, flashing too fast to count, 
    but its flash period seems to be about 1.07 seconds.  Okean-O Rk 
    (25861, 99-39B) was easily visible going north during Ir 920's 
    pass.
    
    SPOT 3 (22823, 93-61A) exhibited some nice one-power flashes long
    past culmination, very low in the northwest.
    
    Celestis (24780; highly retrograde, low-inclination mausoleum)
    97- 18 B 00-07-25 03:03:50   EC   67.4 0.4   8  8.4   mag +6.0->inv
    
    GPS 2-22 PKM (22781) -- not many cycles timed, so large error value
    93- 54 C 00-07-25 03:09:17   EC   35.0 1.5   6  5.8   mag +6.0->inv
    
    Gorizont 16 (19397)
    88- 71 A 00-07-25 04:28:43   EC 5236.5 0.2  56 93.509 mag +5.0->inv
    
    I observed ASTRO-D/ASCA/Asuka (22521, 93-11A) with binoculars in 
    twilight and was not able to discern any variation.  
    
    I looked unsuccessfully for flashing Molniya 3-38 (20646, 90-52A).
    
    Observing location: 30.314N, 97.866W, 280m.
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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