Re: Flaring of ERS-1

From: Ron Lee (
Date: Thu Apr 17 2003 - 18:08:03 EDT

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    Look at the picture of ERS-1 at this site and image the solar arrays
    behaving like mirrors.  You know that turning them just right relative
    to another person can cause a very bright light.   You caught it at
    just the right angle.
    Ron Lee
    At 11:30 PM 4/17/03 +0200, you wrote:
    >  But, I am certain that for maybe a couple of
    >seconds it was maybe magnitude -1 or at least magnitude zero. Do all
    >satellites flare up like this if the angles are right? Sure enough, it
    >wasn't as spectacular as an iridium flare, but still, it makes me wonder
    >if it was something else I saw. Anyone know the answer?
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