SYNC FLASHER DISCOVERED; INTERESTING IRIDIUM OBSERVATION

JAY RESPLER (jrespler@superlink.net)
Sun, 21 Mar 1999 18:31:18 -0500

This rocket, launched 2/28, mag >13, is flashing about 4 sec to
mag 12.0.

HIGHFLY   40.281  74.235  129.   JAY RESPLER  1950 11.8 25  
 *** 1999 Mar 20/21   Sat evening/Sun morning  *** Times are EST
Hrs Min  Azi  El  Mag    Hgt    R  A    Dec  Range
#25645 99010D    M 3.5 ELDY  6 M2   -1
  2  10  185  43 11.6  22585  13 47.9  -6.4  23681


QUICKSAT showed that 2 irregular Iridium sats would be passing
within a degree of each other. There were no super flares but this
was one of my most interesting Iridium sightings. Looked like a NOSS
group flight, but much brighter. Also reminded me of TIPS with the 2 ends
flashing at different times. 
IR 44 was tumbling, slowly fading, brightening, and occasionally flaring.
IR 20, spinning rapidly, was constantly twinkling, brighter on average
than IR 44.  IR 20 did flare at times but not as bright as the brightest
IR 44 flares. View was with binoculars.

QS output B:
***  1999 MAR  20  SAT EVENING  *** TIMES ARE PM EST  ***  1856  512
 H  M  S Tim Azi ElC Dir  Mag Dys F  Hgt Shd  Rng  R A  Dec RCS  Name
 7  0 59  .0 266 83C 267 20.2   4 1  487 426  491  616 39.2 Iridium 44
 7  1  1  .0 266 82C 267 20.2   4 7  488 428  492  614 39.2 Iridium 20


The new Globalstar rocket was easy at mag 3.6.  It won't be around long,
and on a good pass should be much brighter.
4 23 0am .0  36 40 157 19.6=3.6 1 9 197  27  295 2129 62.2 SOYUZ R/B (1)

SOYUZ R/B (1)
1 25653U 99012E   99079.44885468  .00194908  16390-4  96256-3 0   157
2 25653  51.9762 205.9009 0471421  97.4440 268.0350 15.01748520   800

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