Re: Bright flare of BSAT-2

From: JAY RESPLER (JRespler@superlink.net)
Date: Mon Aug 26 2013 - 02:50:20 UTC

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    On 8/25/2013 9:51 PM, Kevin Fetter wrote:
    > Nice flash you observed from it. I call it a flash, because the sat
    > is no operational and so it's attitude is not under control. A flare
    > would be from a operational sat.
    >
    > That's my take.
    
    This was hashed out over a dozen years ago. The event has nothing to do 
    with the type of sat.
    
    The words have very distinct definitions.
    Flash: Quick sharp rise and fall of brightness. (Camera flash).
    Flare: Slow gradual rise and fall of brightness. (Distress flare at sea).
    
    The words are NOT interchangeable.
    
    Best wishes,
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    Jay Respler
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