Chance observation of two -8 iridium flares in IRAN

Date: Wed Aug 02 2000 - 01:42:20 PDT

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    Hi folks:
    Just back from a 10-days trip in Iran. Chanced upon Iridium #15 -8 
    mag flare in Esfahan(32.658N,51.671E) 7/22 21:49:52 pm while waiting to 
    be served in the open air restaurant. 
    Three nights later 7/25 21:40:53 again saw another -8 flare from 
    Iridium #17 while out in Chadegan(32.770N, 50.627E) in dark sky while 
    the rest of the group is watching Comet Linear 1999/S4. On both 
    occasions the flares were not far from alpha Bootes and I managed to 
    point out both to Daniel Fisher.
    I have chanced upon iridium flares before but not in such 
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