Iridium 33 DEBRIS - Found a Missing Antenna ?

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Date: Fri Jul 03 2009 - 23:15:10 UTC

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    Stefano Sposetti and I have recently observed very bright flashes from the IRIDIUM 33 Debris
    1997-051Q (NORAD 33777). Some of the observed flashes were even brighter than magnitude -4. This make me believe that the debris could be a big fragment of a Main Mission Antenna of the Iridium 33.
    A couple of photos of the flashes and a 3D representation of the preliminary flash track can be 
    found at my web page.
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