Re: Unknown satellite?

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Mon Feb 19 2001 - 18:28:52 PST

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    > A colleague reported me about an observation of an Iridium-type 
    > flare in the sky some days ago. [...]
    > Does anyone know what satellite produced that flare? The 
    > observation data are as follows:
    > 
    > Location: Palmones (Cadiz, Spain) / N36.183  W5.433.
    > Date: February 11, 2001.
    > Time: 18:57 CET (17:57 GMT).
    > Azimuth: SSW - SW approx.
    > Altitude: 20 - 22 degrees.
    
    NOAA 8 (13923, 83-022A), which is known to flare, seems to have 
    been in the right place at the right time.  However, due to the 
    bright twilight conditions, I wonder what the chances are that 
    it might have been a flare from an airplane rather than a 
    satellite.  By the way, NOAA 8 was moving up and to the right.
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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