Iridiums 20, 43 and 79

Mir16609@aol.com
Sun, 22 Nov 1998 23:11:10 EST

Note:  "Iridiums" is slang for "Iridia".   Please don't start a thread to
discuss this. :-)

Iridium 20 seems to be spinning at a relatively fast pace.  It gave a series
of 1x flashes about a second apart for 9 seconds beginning at 18:17:04 EST
(23:17:04 UTC).

Iridium 43 flared at the appointed time (18:22:26 EST, 23:22:26 UTC) but the
brightness was closer to a -2 than the predicted +1.5.

Iridium 79 passed for the second time this evening low in the West.  I
observed bright flashes at 7:05:15 and 7:05:45 EST (00:05:15 and 7:05:45 UTC,
23 November) before it disappeared into the haze.

Cheers
Don Gardner
Homepage: http://hometown.aol.com/mir16609/
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