4 flares observed in 15 minutes

From: Marco Langbroek (marco.langbroek@wanadoo.nl)
Date: Sun Apr 22 2007 - 18:13:53 EDT

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    Hi all,
    
    This was a cool evening! I was treated to 4 flares by 3 satellites occurring 
    within a 15 minute time span. And all on photograph!
    
    22 Apr 20:41:54 UTC: modest Lacrosse 4 flare of +1;
    22 Apr 20:44:33 UTC: slow -0.5 flare of USA 186;
    22 Apr 20:45:26 UTC: quick 0 flare of USA 186;
    22 Apr 20:57:15 UTC: cool -5 flare of Iridium 03.
    
    Images are here (also including a 5th Iridium 61 flare catched this morning):
    
    http://sattrackcam.blogspot.com/2007/04/4-flares-in-15-minutes.html
    
    The Lacrosse 4 flare was predicted to within 2 seconds of time correctly by Phil 
    Masding. He also correctly predicted a mag +0.5 flare of yesterday. Images of 
    this latter April 21 flare (plus a.o. yet another USA 186 flare) can be seen here:
    
    http://sattrackcam.blogspot.com/2007/04/timing-re-calibration-and-another-flare.html
    
    As usual, positions obtained this evening will follow later (probably tomorrow).
    
    To quote cartoon dog "Droopy": "I'm happy, hurray....".
    
    - Marco
    
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