Iridium 33 and 28 question

From: Bob King (
Date: Thu Mar 12 2009 - 04:41:10 UTC

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    Hi everyone,
    I observed the close pair of Iridium 33 and I believe Iridium 28 as
    they passed near Capella tonight. Iridium 33 was flashing irregularly,
    and two were separated by about 1 1/2 degrees. What exactly are we
    seeing on Iridium 33 -- did only a portion of it break apart? Is much
    of the satellite still intact? I've seen simulations that imply both
    were totally blown to pieces.
    Thank you for your help.
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