Noaa 12 flare or tumble ?

Tristan Cools (
Mon, 27 Oct 1997 21:42:24 +0100 (MET)


This evening when I was starting my observations I saw a bright mag +1
object moving from UMI to UMA where it was fading.  It passed between Alpha
and Upsilon Uma at 17h30m22s UTC.  I identified it as NOAA 12/91-32A/21263.  
I wonder if it was just flaring or in a slow tumble.  I never saw a flare
with this satellite.  Is it still operational ?

Tristan Cools
BWGS Member - Belgian Working Group Satellites

Observing at:

Damse Vaart: 3.2486E/51.2279N
Rijckevelde: 3.2867E/51.2054N
Brugge:      3.1611E/51.2108N