Iridium pattern question

Date: Wed Aug 30 2000 - 01:57:29 PDT

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         I observed predicted flares on 27/8 and 28/8 in the North, at around 
         20:11UT and 20:06UT respectively - the second in roughly the same 
         position as the first but around 5 minutes earlier.  I was out around 
         20:00UT last night (29th) and out of interest I wondered if I would 
         see a flare at 20:01UT in the North (5 minutes earlier than the 
         previous nights flare).  To my suprise within 10 seconds of looking to 
         the North at around 20:01UT I saw a flare, suggesting a pattern of 
         Iridium flares in the North, 5 minutes or so earlier each night.
         Does this kind of pattern occur regularly or was it just a 
         co-incidence?  I know that Iridium flares are fairly localised, which 
         is why I was suprised to see the flare last night without having 
         looked on Heavens Above previously.
         Matt Fawcett
         53.893N 0.273W
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