Re: Unpredicted Iridium Flare

From: gprichard (gprichard@vtown.com.au)
Date: Fri Apr 14 2006 - 04:54:52 EDT

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    Date of observation should be Wednesday, 12April
    
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: "gprichard" <gprichard@vtown.com.au>
    To: <SeeSat-L@satobs.org>
    Cc: "gordon" <gprichard@vtown.com.au>
    Sent: Friday, April 14, 2006 10:55 AM
    Subject: Fw: Unpredicted Iridium Flare
    
    
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    > ----- Original Message ----- 
    > From: "gprichard" <gprichard@vtown.com.au>
    > To: <SeeSat-L@satobs.org>
    > Sent: Thursday, April 13, 2006 1:40 PM
    > Subject: Unpredicted Iridium Flare
    >
    >
    > Hello ladies and gentleman,
    >    My name is Gordon. I have just subscribed to this mailing list, but
    I
    > have been reading your posts in the archives for about six months. I
    > have been observing satellites for about 12 months, usually using
    > unaided eyes from my suburban backyard in Newcastle, Australia.
    >    Last night, at 0931 UT I observed what appeared to be an
    unpredicted
    > Iridium flare. It was moving from south to north reaching a maximum
    > magnitude of approximately -7.0 at approximately RA 6h30m and
    > declination -30. My observing site is 32.8670S, 151.7000E and height
    0m.
    > Is this object identifiable and is this type of observation useful in
    > reacquiring "lost" Iridiums (if that is what I observed).
    >
    >         Gordon
    >
    
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