RE: Bright flash - Iridium flare?

From: Paul Grace (
Date: Tue Aug 17 2010 - 17:18:40 UTC

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    I have seen iridium flares cast shadows on the ground-they can be
    extraordinarily bright, and with well-adapted dark vision, and a moonless
    night (such as the 14th) I believe it must have been an iridium pass.
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    Dave Leighton
    Sent: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 09:05
    Subject: Bright flash - Iridium flare?
      I was camped in the backcountry in the Sierra Nevada near Lake Tahoe on
    August 14, 2010. Around 10:00 pm PST directly overhead there was a very
    bright pinpoint flash that lasted 2-3 seconds. It was so bright that my son
    saw the ground light up from inside his tent. I was looking directly at it
    when it occurred and there was no sign of any object in that location prior
    to or after the flash (no moving satellite, no smoke, debris, trail, etc.)
    We spoke to another backpacker then next morning who saw the flash and he
    assumed it was an Iridium flare. Could this have been an Iridium flare? Any
    other ideas? I've see satellite flares, but never anything close to this
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