Re: fast flasher observed again

Thomas A. Troszak (tom@bullhammer.com)
Wed, 24 Nov 1999 10:03:54 -0500

Last night we observed the object which is listed in the Heavens above
predictions as SOYUZ R/B (1), and yes, it is spinning/tumbling but the
period seemed a little longer and the object was visible the entire
pass, with variations in brightness rather than distinct flashes. It
certainly appears to be the same object that we saw the previous
evening, same inclination, speed etc.  
USSPACECOM Catalog No.:25911
International Designation Code:1999-049-E

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from Ralph Mcconahy
Tom,
This best matches your data:
Globlstar 33 r   6.0  3.0  0.0  4.5 d   15
1 25911U 99049E   99322.15940530 +.00280622 +26027-4 +10845-2 0 00825
2 25911 051.9918 327.8490 0377113 270.9606 084.8198 15.25812546008531
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By the way, last night, with Moon and all, was exceptionally clear and
we happened to see three naked eye (mag 3 - 4) sats simultaneously! Gosh
it looks crowded up there...

Thanks all,
Tom Troszak
Asheville, NC, USA
35.601 N, -82.554W

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