Re: Iridium 8 -2 mag flare

Kurt Jonckheere (kjonckheere@unicall.be)
Tue, 26 Aug 1997 19:09:56 +0200

Just a small clarification for the Iridium flare analysists.

>>Considering the numerous brilliant flares, I would appreciate a bit more=
 info.
>>In particular, local time and approximate az/el and direction of the
>>satellite.

Tristan wrote :

>This is a prediction for Iridium 12 for Aug 23:
>
>Artificial Satellite Predictions for + 51=F812' N, +  3=F817' E
>
>Night of Saturday 23 August 1997 on Sunday 24 August 1997
>     Moon phase =3D -0.65
>Satellite          UT        =E0      =EB   h    Az    H km   D km    =ED  =
  Mag
>
>97- 30 B        21h21m07s   3h26  +53  27=F8  218=F8    794   1467   92=F8 =
 +2.1
>                21h21m59s   2h04  +47  32=F8  233=F8    794   1320   78=F8 =
 +1.5
>                21h22m50s   0h55  +36  35=F8  253=F8    794   1260   61=F8 =
 +1.1
>                21h23m42s   0h06  +23  33=F8  274=F8    794   1298   44=F8 =
 +0.9
>
Please take care that this prediction software is measuring Az starting
from the South over the West.

>The flare was probably seen close to 45 And.(RA 01h11m DEC +37d43') at
>21:22m42s UTC.
So in common SeeSat-L language the location of the observation was about
Az + 70 degr (250 - 180, measured from the North), h =3D 34 degr

Kurt J