Iridium 22 double flare + other flash

From: Thomas A. Troszak (
Date: Sat Dec 18 2004 - 19:11:53 EST

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    Dear List,
    Beautiful clear evening (for a change).
    While waiting for a predicted flare from Iridium 22, a bright flash 
    appeared (very roughly) about 20 degrees to the north of the predicted 
    flare location, about a minute early, but along approximately the same 
    predicted northward track. Sorry not to note the exact time, using my 
    phone for a watch.
    After iridium 22 performed it's spectacular predicted -8 mag flare 
    (Thanks Chris Peat!) it stayed visible for a while, then it flared up 
    again at the roughly the same location of the earlier flash, for a nice 
    double flare.
    Was the earlier flash from another Iridium "traveling with" Iridium 22?
    Tom Troszak
    Asheville, NC USA
    35.6010 N, 82.5540 W
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