Iridium Flares not showing up

From: Chris Peat (chris.peat@dlr.de)
Date: Fri Aug 16 2013 - 13:06:41 UTC

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    Hi all,
    I've had several messages in the last week or two from Heavens-Above users
    reporting that predicted Iridium flares have not shown up. The last one was
    from a professional astronomer in Australia who saw absolutely nothing when
    looking for a mag -8 flare, the satellite in question was Iridium 82.
    
    Does anyone know if there have been changes in the operational status of the
    constellation members? Any other explanations?
    
    I checked that the orbital elements we use are updating OK.
    
    Best wishes,
    Chris Peat
    
    
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