#24965-969 Iridiums seen

Ron Lee (ronlee@pcisys.net)
Wed, 01 Oct 1997 06:26:19

Finally saw all five of the newest Iridiums.  In the southeast
on a morning, northbound pass, I saw three sa they passed through
Canis Major.    I reoriented for the pass through Ursa Major and
saw all five.  They are separated by about 15 seconds each.

Magnitude about 8.0 using reference stars.  Used 7x50 binocs.
Time of passage through Ursa Major 11:51:40-11:53 UT, 1 Oct 97.

As Craig Cholar mentioned, these objects are arriving earlier...
thus getting away from the earlier twilight problems.

Ron Lee