USA32 + JERS-1 flares

Date: Tue Jun 13 2000 - 03:01:09 PDT

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         19640 USA 32 00:53UT - Fine flare (-5) as it climbed from the SW, 
         lasted around 5secs and was distinctly orange in colour.  No further 
         flares observed.
         25544 ISS 01:01UT - Nice high elevation pass - quite close to Arcturus 
         and about the same magnitude.
         21867 JERS-1 01:07UT - Interesting object.  Missed early part of pass 
         due to moonlight but saw it around 30 degrees elevation in the SW as 
         it flared to around magnitude 1.  Flare lasted 10 seconds, then faded 
         for 10 seconds, then flared up again to mag 1 for 10 sec, again faded 
         and then flared for a third time - this time it remained naked eye 
         visible (mag 1) with the occasional 'wink' until I lost it in the 
         North Western twilight.  A slowly tumbling sat?
         Matt Fawcett
         53.893N 0.273W
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