Re: Mir flare

Tommy Duvall (
Tue, 4 Aug 1998 20:01:48 -0500

  Well, down here in the south at (35.31 ; +92.25)  I have seen many flares
from Mir . They usually are seen best when you are between the sun and Mir.
Perhaps it is locked solar panels , but I have seen them off and on for
several years. I've always assumed that the sun -Mir -observer angle was
just right for the sun to reflect off of the solar panels causing the
brightning of Mir.
  I have also seen  the same brightning from HST which last for several
seconds with a brightning of several magitudes.
-----Original Message-----
From: <>
Date: Monday, August 03, 1998 10:26 PM
Subject: Re: Mir flare

>--- On Mon, 3 Aug 1998 23:03:30 -0400 (EDT)  Ron Dantowitz
><> wrote:
>>Same here in Boston... Flares WERE rare on Mir, now they are popping up
>>everywhere... any thoughts? Will take a peek up close next pass, but I
>>suspect that *some* solar panels are no longer locked on the sun...?
>I liked Steve Daniels theory on the stuck solar array on Spektr.
>Jeff Hunt <>