Unpredicted flare from Ir 73?

From: Bjoern Gimle (b_gimle@algonet.se)
Date: Tue Aug 01 2000 - 15:36:46 PDT

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    Tonight 00-08-01 at about 21:01:15 i saw a flare at 30 deg el. in
    the S, lasting about 10 s. at mag -3.
    I then followed the object in binoculars to beta and eps Lyr, and
    later identified it as #25344 Iridium 73?. It was not predicted to
    flare, indeed there are no flares in the S within a week or more.
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