Re: Non MMA Iridium flare?

From: Jonathan T Wojack (tlj18@juno.com)
Date: Sun Apr 22 2001 - 16:04:01 PDT

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    > An experienced observer reported the following last night (Apr 21 
    > EDT) 
    > observing from deep southwestern Virginia, USA.
    > 
    >  >At about 8:30 p.m. Eastern time, as I walked up the driveway I saw
    >  >what appeared to be two Iridium flashes of identical brightness 
    > (-3 mag.,
    >  >I'd guess), as one faded, another came into view, on the same 
    > apparent
    >  >track, and about 5 degrees in the sky behind the first one. Az = 
    > 170d;
    >  >Alt. 20d.
    > 
    > Observer location:
    > Lat 36.750 Long 81.744 elevation 2000ft
    
    [.....]
    
    > Iridium 41 and 77 were both deep in the southern sky over southwest 
    > Virginia at 8:37pm EDT. If Heavens-Above nor Iridflar could find a 
    > MMA 
    > flare, what caused it? Is this an example of a non-MMA flare? Two 
    > flares at 
    > that?
    
    Is it possible that a non-Iridium satellite(s) flared?  Were any other
    "flarable" satellites in the area between 8:20 p.m. and 8:40 p.m.?
    
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    Jonathan T. Wojack                 tlj18@juno.com
    39.706d N   75.683d W            
    
    4 hours behind UT (-4)
    
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