Re: Obs seven new Iridiums 14Sep97

Ron Lee (ronlee@pcisys.net)
Mon, 15 Sep 1997 17:45:33

10:53:57  08/29/97    N  015 16   62 -17  15  +2    RGL  Unk  089 56  24906
11:00:45  08/27/97    N  024 17  063 -15  10  -4    RGL  Unk  088 51  24907

12:41:30  09/14/97    N  018 25  074 -14  xx  +3     CC  xxx  089 58  24946-50

As I was using Skymap to check on the time, I noticed that Craig's obs
occurred just were one of mine did (above the Big Dipper)  a few weeks ago.

Looking at my report and his show a good correlation.  Hopefully he is in for 
SEVEN negative nagnitude flares very soon

Ron Lee


At 05:51 97/9/14 PDT, you wrote:
>I just witnessed a most amazing sight.  I saw all 7 of the new Iridiums
>launched by the Proton, all within the same 7 deg. FOV in my binoculars.
>This was my first time seeing a cluster so soon after launch.  For
>most of the pass they were not visibile at 1 power, until they got
>to a particular part of the sky, at which time they began flaring into
>the mag 3 range and all were visible at 1 power simultaneously.
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> Craig Cholar    3432P@VM1.CC.NPS.NAVY.MIL
> Marina, California
> 36 41 10.3N,  121 48 17.9W    (36.6862, -121.8050)      UTC -7
>
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