RE: Unpredicted Iridium Flare

From: Brad Young (
Date: Mon Apr 17 2006 - 14:20:56 EDT

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    Another "unpredicted" flare...
    Ted Molczan wrote:
    > Heavens-Above places a couple of Iridiums that were not predicted to
    flare, near the time and position you reported. Both > were northbound.
    While looking for one of "Kevin's" Breeze tanks, I noticed a -0 (= Capella)
    flare 5 deg W of Polaris. It was:
    Iridium 62 #25285
    1:35:27 UT, PA= 355, Alt= 36, northbound
    I remember from last summer there are often these "unpredicted" flares from
    Iridiums, apparently caused by a secondary antenna?
    Brad Young
    COSPAR 8336
    36.1397N, 95.9838W, 205m ASL
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