Re: scarcity of iridium flares

Dave Mullenix (
Thu, 19 Feb 1998 17:38:24 -0600

Tony Beresford wrote:
> There is only 1 really bright Iridium flare predicted for
> my site ( Adelaide SA 34.97S, 138.63E) for rest of February.
> Is this a planetwide situation? I was using Rob Matson's
> IRIDFLAR as prediction program. The GSOC site agrees.
> Running IRIDFLAR for monthly periods using the latest
> elements from OIG shows a seasonal effect, with more
> glints in December.

Same here in Wisconsin, in the north central USA.  And it's not even a
very bright glint - about -1.3 or so.

Dave Mullenix