03 Aug 01:11:48 UTC Lacrosse 5 flare

From: Marco Langbroek (marco.langbroek@wanadoo.nl)
Date: Thu Aug 03 2006 - 11:42:07 EDT

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    Hi all,
    Tried to observe the 01:11:48 UTC predicted Lac5 flare last night (2-3 Aug).
    Observing conditions were very bad, as I had to watch the sat through broken
    cloud cover.
    I cannot 100% positively say I saw it flare in the sense of seeing
    it rise and fall in brightness: all I can say is that it was very bright at the
    predicted flare time, being about mag. -1
    (when I first picked it up lower in the sky at 01:10:00 UTC, it was about mag +1.5).
    Photograph (01:11:46.1 - 01:11:56.8 UTC) can be seen here:
    The photograph gives you a good idea of the difficult observing conditions.
    It is overcast with heavy rainshowers here at the moment, so I am affraid this
    evenings possible flare is lost for me.
    - Marco
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