Iridiumobs 971021

Leo Barhorst (leobarhorst@pi.net)
Wed, 22 Oct 1997 11:50:27 +0200

This evening I observed double flares from Iridium 15 and 17.
They were both about mag 5 and S when I picked them up; and brightned to
mag 3 and 2 for about 20 seconds when they both became even brighter for
about 5 seconds to mag 1 and 0.

Has somebody any ideas to explain this behavior?

NORAD  date      time  Dir aI eI aM  eM  aS  eS Phs Dur Mag  Obs COSPAR Ir
xxxxx yy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss x xxx xx xxx xx xxx -xx xxx  tt Sn.n III yynnnx xx
24870 97-10-20 18:57    S        258 83     -22          S6  LB  97034B 17
24873 97-10-21 17:52:50 S  56 35  87 37     -13       3   1  LB  97034E 21
24870 97-10-21 18:24:26 S 129 50  85 61     -18      20   3  LB  97034B 17
24870 97-10-21 18:24:39 S 135 47  97 60     -18       5   1  LB  97034B 17
24869 97-10-21 18:33:33 S 143 57  81 72     -19      20   2  LB  97034A 15
24869 97-10-21 18:33:47 S 148 52 104 71     -19       5   0  LB  97034A 15

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Greetings and clear skies
Leo Barhorst       Alkmaar    The Netherlands
52.65 North        4.47 East  3 m ASL
Every day I wonder about what I see in the sky