Tumbling Satellites

From: Penny Fischer (govega@monmouth.com)
Date: Wed May 31 2000 - 03:52:09 PDT

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    Greetings all,
    I was out observing last week and in the process, noticed about 10 satellites that were
    3rd magnitude or greater.
    In the process, I witnessed a very long (6-7) minute pass of an object which transited
    just about zenith.  The time was about 10 p.m. on Friday, May 26th (EDT).   The pass moved
    from the southwest towards the north-northwest.
    Myself and two observing companions were able to witness a constant change in magnitude
    from about 4th mag back up to 2nd mag every two seconds or so, and my fiance determined
    this was a 2 second-spin rate.
    I remember there was a tumbling rocket (SL-16 or something similar?) recently but when I
    look on the Heaven's above site, I no longer see it.
    Any ideas as to what this tumbling satellite could have been?
    I meant to post my observation and query earlier, but still hope someone on the list can
    help me.
    Thanks and clear skies!
    Penny Fischer
    40.297N  -74.359W
    Monmouth Mobile Observer's Group
    Monmouth County, New Jersey
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