USA 129 flashing ?

From: Daniel Deak (dan.deak@sympatico.ca)
Date: Wed Jun 01 2005 - 22:54:34 EDT

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    Good evening to all,
    
    I took a break tonight to watch the sky on a beautiful and warm evening. My 
    girlfriend noticed a flaring satellite at around 22:07 EDT in Bootes and I 
    followed it at 1x for a while. At first I thought it was an Iridium : same speed 
    and type of flare with a mag of about 0. But then I saw it flare again rapidly 
    in Ursa Major at 22:10. It stayed visible at mag 4 to 5 between the flares.
    
    My search produced only one good match : USA 129, #24680. Is it really tumbling 
      and since when ? Or is it another object or simply was I lucky to see some 
    flares from this one without the satellite tumbling...
    
    Dan
    
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    Daniel Deak
    Webmestre, site Obsat
    L'Avenir, Quebec
    
    COSPAR site 1747 : 45.7275N, 72.3526W, 191 m., UTC-4:00
    
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