RE: IR 920tum fast flasher

From: Brad Young (brad.young@domain-engineering.com)
Date: Mon Jun 07 2004 - 10:09:17 EDT

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    I too saw one flash low in the west while trying to catch the Envisat and
    its r/b in a "formation" pass. Of course, for me this was on the previous
    orbit, at around 4:23 UT (11:23 pm 6/6 locally CDT). Only saw one flash.
    
    Was beginning to get very cloudy by then, and I was unable to see the two
    desired objects, but the flash I saw near Regulus must have been about
    mag 0 to show up so well with Regulus almost clouded out. Didn't record
    exact time since observation was basically a bust for me, but it sure
    sounds like the same deal.
    
    Brad Young
    36.1N
    95.9W
    
    -----Original Message-----
    From: Jari [mailto:finn1@telus.net]
    Sent: Monday, June 07, 2004 1:47 AM
    To: Obs
    Subject: IR 920tum fast flasher
    
    
    While looking for a pass by Envisat r and Envisat only about 45 sec apart i
    spotted a fast flashing object at 06:08 7 June UTC approx 15 deg below Ursa
    Major. It looked like an airliner at first as the flashes were bright, even
    in the late twilight, equal if not brighter in magnitude compared to
    Jupiter. However the object was going S -> N, all flights go to or come from
    the NW and the flashes were much faster than any a/c lights i've seen. I
    couldn't count the period between flashes as they were too fast. With the
    direction of travel it looked like an Iridium and sure enough Iridium 920tum
    #24871 97034C was in the area at the time.
    
    Jari
    49.40N
    125.00W
    30m
    
    
    
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