97-043 Iridium Flaring, 29 Aug 97

Ron Lee (ronlee@pcisys.net)
Fri, 29 Aug 1997 20:51:12

This morning around 04:54 MDT local (10:54 UT 29 Aug), I observed
a few 2-3 magnitude flares from 3 of the newest Iridiums.  This time
I only observed naked eye so the IDs may be off a bit.  In addition,
a small area of thin clouding was over the flare area so it may have 
impacted the obs.

                 Sat    Sat     Sun    Flare   Observer   Sun Phase
NORAD #
   UT            Dir  AZ  EL   AZ  EL   Dur  Mag     UT Delta     Pass Max
Az/El

10:53:57 08/29/97  N  015 16   62 -17   15s   2   RGL  -6  Unknown   89 56
 24906

10:54:45 08/29/97  N  014 17   62 -17   11s   2   RGL  -6  Unknown   89 56
 24905

10:55:09 08/29/97  N  014 17   62 -17    8s   3   RGL  -6  Unknown   89 56
 24904

Location 104.5614 W, 38.9478 N, 2073 m


Seems that the good flares only occur for perhaps 3 days
Ron "Can't see Vanguard" Lee