Iridium 56 flickered?

Mark Hanning-Lee (
Tue, 27 Oct 1998 18:29:13 -0800

Hi, I just saw a predicted magnitude 1.5 flare from Iridium 56, under
reasonable light pollution here in Southern California.

The light curve seemed a bit flatter and longer than usual, with a few
sharp (half-second) dips in magnitude, when it became briefly invisible
to the eye. Unless my eyes are playing tricks ;-).

Iridium 56 isn't currently listed as being of any unusual status, e.g.
maneuvering or tumbling.

Best, Mark