Recent obs

From: Mark Hanning-Lee (markhl@prodigy.net)
Date: Mon Mar 18 2002 - 00:57:50 EST

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    On Sat 2002-3-9 I saw a good flare from Iridium 94 ? that reached
    perhaps mag -7! (Predicted -4.)
    On Tue 2002- 3-12 I saw a flare from Iridium 91 ? to mag -2 as
    predicted.
    So now I've seen 2 of the newest Iridiums.
    
    Non-flaring passes brighter than predicted. (I'm not criticizing
    standard magnitudes, just noting that one is often nicely surprised.)
    March 5, saw 22220 Cosmos 2219 r reach about magnitude 1.5 predicted
    2.9.
    March 8, saw 20390 Cosmos 2053 r reach mag 1 or so after culmination,
    then suddenly faded 0.5 mag
    March 12, 11156 Cosmos 1063 r mag 1.5 predicted 2.6.
    March 16, a nice pass of UARS. Also saw Comet 2002 E2 Ikeya-Zhang, my
    first time, from Mt. Wilson.
    
    Mark
    
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