RE: UNID Flasher (Meteor Wayne)

Wayne T Hally (meteors@eclipse.net)
Sat, 29 May 1999 00:46:47 -0400

Well, it certainly did not look like an Iridium (in normal configuration). 
It only lasted about 1/2 second, and was below naked eye (LM ~ 4 with moon) 
visibilty the rest of the time. Also, unlike a normal Iridium, the 
brightness did not ramp up and down smoothly. the end was quite abrupt, and 
the beginning was rapid, though not as sharp as the cutoff.

Still curious....

Wayne
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From: 	Ron Lee[SMTP:ronlee@pcisys.net]
Sent: 	Saturday, May 29, 1999 12:36 AM
To: 	SeeSat-L@blackadder.lmsal.com
Subject: 	Re: UNID Flasher (Meteor Wayne)

Reasonable match with Iridium 85

Iridium 85 ?     3.0  0.0  0.0  6.0 d            523 x 507 km
1 25529U 98066C   99145.20862325  .00007091  00000-0  35615-3 0  1530
2 25529  86.0145 207.1481 0011283 228.9404 131.0859 15.17054139 30226

Ron Lee

 Object was traveling roughly South to North, and at
>22:36:30 EDT Friday May 28th (02:36:30 May 29 UT) I observed a short 
bright
>(~-3) flash. (I was out to peek at a MIR pass..wasn't really out satellite 
>observing due to near full moon). After I saw the flash, I was able to 
pick
>it up in my binoculars...estimate (poor estimate) it's mag at about +7 or
>so the rest of the way down till it hit the trees.
>	My location is in NW NJ,LOCATION: NJAA OBSERVATORY, HIGH BRIDGE, NJ USA
>COORDINATES: 74d 53' 54" West   40d 40' 52" North
>(40.681d N, 74.898d W) and flash was at approx Az 350, Elev 35, or 6h 25m
>RA,
>+80d 25m Dec)
>
>Meteor Wayne
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