identification help

Date: Mon May 12 2003 - 02:14:42 EDT

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    Greetings fellow sat observers.  I need some help with a satellite
    identification.  All of my software tools are out of commission at the
    moment, but I'm really curious as to what I saw.
    My location is 48.442 N, 122.316 W.
    Time was approx May 12, 05:45 UTC when it passed just to the west of
    Polaris.  The sat was traveling S to N, on a very high altitude pass.  
    I'd say at least 75 degrees, maybe more since I didn't catch it until late 
    in the pass.
    It was a very irregular flasher, flaring to probably -2 a few times, but 
    with no pattern that I could see.  I lost it several times due to washout 
    from the moon.
    Please forgive the roughness of my estimates, I did not expect to see much 
    when I walked out on the deck, so I didn't bring any of my usual viewing 
    tools, or a clock.
    My guess is that it was probably an Iridium tumbler.. 
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