Re: Unk Flare

From: Jonathan T Wojack (
Date: Thu Apr 12 2001 - 08:00:21 PDT

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    > As i looked outside to see if the sky had cleared just before a pass 
    > by ISS,
    > i noted a bright object flaring at 03:19:34 +/- 3 sec 12 Apr UTC. 
    > Approx Az
    > 130 deg El 25 deg. Mag -3 and it lasted for a couple of seconds but 
    > there
    > didn't appear to be any apparent motion to it unlike an Iridium 
    > flare.
    > Iridium 40 #25041 97069C was in the area around the time but it was 
    > not it.
    > Thanks in advance in any help in Iding this object.
    Precisely how long did the "flare" last?  <5 seconds, or more?  It could
    be a meteor.  Meteors that are coming straight at you will appear to be
    stationary (will look like a non-moving Iridium flare, and a bit quicker
    than your usual Iridium flare).  Before getting into satellite observing,
    I was a meteor observer for ALPO for a couple of years.
    Jonathan T. Wojack       
    39.706d N   75.683d W            
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