Monday, March 30, 2009

Iranian Safir 2 r/b still slowly flaring

Yesterday evening, the atmosphere was very dynamic, with short clear spells repeatedly giving way to fields of clouds.

Nothwithstanding these conditions, I managed to image the Keyhole USA 129 (96-072A) again, plus the Iranian rocket booster Safir 2 r/b (09-004B) that launched OMID in February. I imaged it earlier in the morning of 7 March.

At that time, it showed bright flares in a slow pattern. It is still doing so, as yesterday evening's images show. The time between the bright glints is slightly less than it was early this month. I determined a 31.7 second interval between two of the glints, with glint times at (March 29 UTC):

19:57:19.5 UTC
19:57:51.2 UTC


On March 7, the determined glint interval was 33.25 seconds.

Below are the two images of last evening, plus the brightness curves. The glints appear to be slightly asymetric, with a slightly more shallow fall-off of the brightness after the glint maximum:

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